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Rhodes, Gordon lead Mississippi State to NIT victory

Mar 14, 2007 - 7:04 AM STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Charles Rhodes scored 21 points and Jamont Gordon added 18 to lead Mississippi State to an 82-63 victory over Mississippi Valley State in a first-round matchup in the National Invitation Tournament.

Seeded No. 1 in the North Region, Mississippi State (19-13) advances to meet either Bradley or Providence on Saturday.

Rhodes was 8-of-12 from the field and tied his career high with four blocked shots. Gordon was also 8-of-12 shooting and added nine rebounds and eight assists.

The Delta Devils (18-16) shot just 33 percent (9-of-27) in the first half and trailed 40-24 at the break.

Ben Hansbrough added 15 points and five assists off the bench for the Bulldogs, who improved to 14-3 at home, setting a record for most home victories in a season.

Carl Lucas scored 22 points and was the only player in double figures for the Delta Devils.








  • NIT NORTH REGION
    NCAA BB NIT NORTH REGION
    FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL
    --- --- -----
    MISS VALLEY ST 24 39 63
    MISSISSIPPI ST 40 42 82 FINAL

    Mar 13 9:59 PM


  • NIT NORTH REGION
    NCAA BB (8) MISS VALLEY ST 24
    (1) MISSISSIPPI ST 40 HALFTIME

    Mar 13 8:53 PM