Scores

Final

DePaul 45

(5-3, 0-1 away)

Mississippi St 76

(6-2, 4-1 home)

6:30 PM ET, December 10, 2009

Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

1 2 T
DEP 15 3045
MSST 35 4176

Top Performers

DePaul: E. Wallace 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Stl

Mississippi State: J. Varnado 12 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

Mississippi St. 76, DePaul 45

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ravern Johnson scored 14 points and Jarvis Varnado had 12 points and 14 rebounds on Thursday night to lead Mississippi State to a 76-45 rout of cold-shooting DePaul in the SEC/Big East Invitational.

Returning to the St. Pete Times Forum, where they made an improbable run to the SEC Tournament championship last March, the Bulldogs (6-2) built a 20-point halftime lead and didn't allow the Blue Demons (5-3) to get any closer the rest of the way.

Romero Osby had 13 points, Barry Stewart scored 12 and Kodi Augustus contributed 11 for Mississippi State, which made 12 3-pointers en route to its third straight win.

DePaul shot less than 18 percent in the opening half and finished 18-for-64.

All three of DePaul's losses have come against SEC teams. Tennessee and Vanderbilt also defeated the Blue Demons, who went 0-18 in Big East regular-season play last year.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DEP
MSST
Points 45 76
FG Made-Attempted 18-64 (.281) 24-55 (.436)
3P Made-Attempted 5-18 (.278) 12-29 (.414)
FT Made-Attempted 4-10 (.400) 16-22 (.727)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 31

2009-10 Season

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