Detroit loses to No. 17 Mississippi St, 80-75
Detroit’s second straight shot at a Southeastern Conference
opponent looked a lot like its first.
The Titans rallied back from a big deficit early in the second
half but never took the lead from No. 17 Mississippi State, which
played with poise when it mattered most in an 80-75 win on
Rodney Hood made the go-ahead basket with 17.7 seconds to play
and Moultrie added a big blocked shot seconds later to help the
Bulldogs win their 10th straight.
”I just had to step up and make a play,” said Moultrie, who
rejected Eli Holman’s shot near the basket with eight seconds left.
”I could see Holman going up and I knew I had to be there to block
Chase Simon tied the game at 70 with 2:31 to play and Ray
McCallum Jr. knotted the score for a final time when his jumper
made it 75-all with 40 seconds left.
The Titans got 17 points each from Simon and McCallum. Doug
Anderson added 13 and Holman finished with 12 and nine rebounds as
Detroit lost its second straight.
”We had a play set up for Eli and Moultrie made a game-saving
block,” said Titans coach Ray McCallum, whose team rallied back
from a double-digit deficit before falling at Alabama last week.
”That’s what good teams do. It’s a disappointing loss, but I think
the way we played in the second half is a sign of how good we can
Moultrie (13 rebounds) and Brian Bryant, who returned after
missing three games, each scored 17 to pace Mississippi State
(11-1). Renardo Sidney added 16 points and Dee Bost finished with
13 and five assists to help the school earn its 1,300 win in the
program’s 100th season.
It didn’t appear the game was heading for such a dramatic
conclusion five minutes into the second half.
The Bulldogs led 39-36 at intermission and scored the first 10
points of the next period in less than three minutes. The lead was
as large as 15 points before the Titans (5-8) began working their
The Bulldogs turned the ball over just eight times but the
Titans turned those miscues into 17 points.
”We got that big lead in the second half and we started turning
the ball over,” Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. ”We
didn’t play our best game today but we found a way to win.”
Other than a two-game stop in New York for last month’s 2K
Sports Classic, the game Saturday was the first the Bulldogs had
played outside Starkville.