Mississippi St. 75, Tennessee St. 65

Ravern Johnson scored a career-high 32 points to lead

Mississippi State to a 75-65 win over Tennessee State Friday

night.

MSU was 10 of 23 from beyond the arc in their season opener –

five of those by Johnson.

TSU hit 23 of 64 shots from the field – six from beyond the

arc.

MSU led early, but needed a last-second 3-pointer to tie the

game 31-31 at half. TSU rallied for a brief lead midway through the

second half, but steady outside shooting by Johnson and the

Bulldogs eventually sealed the win.

Other than Johnson, fellow returning starter Kodi Augustus

accounted for most of MSU’s offensive production with 14 points and

14 rebounds.

Kenny Moore, Patrick Miller and Robert Covington each scored 13

points for TSU.

Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost, two projected starters for the

Bulldogs, did not play because of NCAA suspensions.