Mississippi St. 76, DePaul 45
Ravern Johnson scored 14 points and Jarvis Varnado had 12 points
and 14 rebounds on Thursday night to lead Mississippi State to a
76-45 rout of cold-shooting DePaul in the SEC/Big East
Returning to the St. Pete Times Forum, where they made an
improbable run to the SEC Tournament championship last March, the
Bulldogs (6-2) built a 20-point halftime lead and didn’t allow the
Blue Demons (5-3) to get any closer the rest of the way.
Romero Osby had 13 points, Barry Stewart scored 12 and Kodi
Augustus contributed 11 for Mississippi State, which made 12
3-pointers en route to its third straight win.
DePaul shot less than 18 percent in the opening half and
All three of DePaul’s losses have come against SEC teams.
Tennessee and Vanderbilt also defeated the Blue Demons, who went
0-18 in Big East regular-season play last year.