#7 MSU Dominates Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Anriel Howard scored 21 points and led four scorers in double figures as No. 7 Mississippi State defeated Florida 90-42 on Thursday night.
Sophomore guard Bre’amber Scott added 15 points off the bench for the Bulldogs (18-1, 6-0 SEC), who won their eighth straight game. Senior guard Jordan Danberry had 12 points and four assists, while freshman guard Xaria Wiggins added 11 points.
Mississippi State dominated in all phases of the game, outscoring the Gators 37-6 in points off turnovers and 48-12 in points in the paint.
Senior guard Funda Nakkasoglu led the Gators (5-14, 1-5 SEC) with 14 points. Florida turned the ball over 27 times and was dealt its most lopsided loss of the season.
Howard scored 17 points in the first quarter, including a 5-foot floater in the lane off an in-bounds play at the buzzer that gave the Bulldogs a 27-9 lead.
Johnson hit a jumper that cut Mississippi State’s lead to 38-22 in the second quarter. The Bulldogs then closed the half on a 16-0 run. Scott sank two 3-pointers during the outburst, including one at the second-quarter buzzer that made gave Mississippi State a 54-22 lead at halftime.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs continued their dominance in SEC play. Mississippi State won its 22nd straight SEC regular-season game, dating to Feb. 26, 2017, when it lost to Tennessee.
Mississippi State: Hosts Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs have won nine straight in the series with their in-state rivals.
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