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Mississippi State routs MVSU 73-45

Dec 29, 2009 - 4:07 AM STARKVILLE, Miss.(AP) -- Ravern Johnson scored 22 points to lead Mississippi State to a 73-45 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Monday night.

The Bulldogs (11-2) shot 39.3 percent from the field and hit 12 3-pointers. They are currently ranked second in the nation in 3-pointers made with 138 on the season.

The Bulldogs have won eight in a row.

Mississippi State turned the ball over only four times, a season low. The Delta Devils (1-12) turned the ball over 13 times and shot only 30.6 percent from the field (19-for-62).

The Bulldogs led 41-22 at the half and opened the second period on a 13-3 run.

Phil Turner scored 12 points and had eight rebounds for the Bulldogs. Barry Stewart added 11 points and Jarvis Varnado chipped in 10 points and seven blocks.

Shannon Behling paced the Delta Devils with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Jason Holmes chipped in 10 points.