Mississippi State forward Roquez Johnson (25) shoots a basket past Central Arkansas forward Jordan Harks (15) in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game against in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)The Associated Press
Mississippi State guard Trivante Bloodman (4) looks up as he drives towards the basket past Central Arkansas guard Ryan Williams (5) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. – Freshman Gavin Ware scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to a 79-72 win over Central Arkansas on Saturday.
The 6-foot-9 Ware was unstoppable in the paint, making 8 of 9 shots from the field, 6 of 8 free throws and grabbing four offensive rebounds. Trivante Bloodman scored 12, Colin Borchert 11 and walk-on Tyson Cunningham added 10 points, including two 3-pointers in the second half that helped the Bulldogs (4-6) pull away.
Mississippi State won for just the third time in eight games. The Bulldogs dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Bears 43-29. They also shot 48.1 percent (25 of 52) from the field.
Central Arkansas (4-5) has lost two in a row. The Bears were led by Robert Crawford's 26 points. Jordan Harks and Jarvis Garner added 11.