Mississippi State beats South Alabama, 80-65



STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Arnett Moultrie scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his second double-double in three games and Mississippi State cruised to an 80-65 victory over South Alabama on Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.

The 6-foot-11, 249-pound Moultrie has been dominant in his first season with the Bulldogs since transferring from Texas El-Paso. He shot 9-of-16 from the field against the Jaguars, including a 3-pointer early in the second half that gave Mississippi State (2-1) an 18-point lead — its largest of the game.

Dee Bost scored 16 points, Rodney Hood 15 and Brian Bryant 10 as the Bulldogs used a 19-0 run early in the first half to take an insurmountable 28-11 lead. Starting forward Renardo Sidney didn’t play because of a groin injury.

Augustine Rubit led South Alabama (0-1) with 16 points and nine rebounds. Mychal Ammons scored 15 points off the bench while Freddie Goldstein added 11.