STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team continues its four-game homestand to begin the 2021-22 campaign as it hosts the Montana Grizzlies on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT inside Humphrey Coliseum. The game can be streamed on SEC Network+.
The Bulldogs (1-0) opened the season on Wednesday when they beat North Alabama 75-49.
North Carolina transfer forward Garrison Brooks scored a game-high 18 points in his Mississippi State debut. while junior guard Iverson Molinar added 13 points and freshman guard Cam Carter finished with 11 points. Sophomore forward Cameron Matthews grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds and added seven points and four assists.
The MSU defense held North Alabama to 19-for-61 (31.1%) shooting from the floor and 8-for-32 (25%) from 3-point range. The Bulldogs also forced 17 turnovers that turned into 24 points.
The Grizzlies (1-0) opened the season on Tuesday with a 74-27 win over Dickinson State. They held Dickinson State to 22.2% shooting (12-for-54), including a 1-for-20 (5.0%) from 3-point range.
Montana sophomore forward Josh Bannan scored a game-high 15 points in 21 minutes and also brought down 10 rebounds. Junior forward Kyle Owens finished with 12 points, while junior forward Derrick Carter-Hollinger added 10 points.
Saturday’s meeting will be the second for the Bulldogs and Grizzlies on the hardwood. MSU defeated Montana 90-85 in a double-overtime road game on Dec. 3, 1994. Mississippi State finished that season with a 22-8 record and earned a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 before falling to eventual national champion UCLA.