The Bulldogs seemed to have reason to worry after Georgetown (KY) led 19th-ranked Louisville at the half and lost to the Cardinals by just 12 points.
They were wrong.
State never trailed in the contest and only felt the heat early in the second half, when the Tigers pulled within 7. MSU ended both halves on huge runs and thoroughly outplayed its opponent.
Kodi Augustus, the big-man who sparked State's run through the 2009 SEC Tournament, notched a double-double with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 11 rebounds. All-American Jarvis Varnado led the team with 17 points on a perfect 7-of-7 effort and fell just shy of the squad's second double-double with nine rebounds.
Point guard Dee Bost handed out eight assists and shot 5-of-10 for 14 points.
As a team, State pulled down a very impressive 56.6 percent of its shots, but managed just 26.3 percent of its three-pointers. This was no doubt in large part to Barry Stewart's 0-of-7 effort. Long gone are the days when Stewart was a freshman who shot nearly 40 percent from behind the arc.
This is opposed to the team's first exhibition game, where it shot 43.3 percent from that range. MSU seems to be a very versatile, deep squad.
Ball-handling was suspect against Georgetown, however. The team had 16 assists to 16 turnovers. Rebounding wasn't better, as MSU managed to just tie its opponent with 33 boards.
An encouraging performance for the Bulldogs, overall.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kodi Augustus (16 pts, 11 rbs, 66.7% FG, 2 ast)
STAT OF THE GAME: MSU's 26.3 percent effort from behind the arc
MISSISSIPPI STATE GRADE: A-