(0-1, 0-1 away)

(14) Mississippi St 82

(5-1, 3-1 home)

    8:30 PM ET, November 23, 2004

    Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi

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    UMKC 30 3464
    #14MSST 38 4482

    Top Performers

    UMKC: M. Howard 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast

    Mississippi St: W. Frazier 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Campbell adds a career-best 18 points

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Winsome Frazier kept hitting from the outside, Marcus Campbell dominated the low post and Gary Ervin was content to keep passing.

    For a change, Mississippi State didn't need to rely on star Lawrence Roberts.

    Frazier scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Bulldogs (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) past pesky Missouri-Kansas City 82-64 Tuesday night, then said the Kangaroos overlooked him and focused on the team's preseason All-American.

    "People try to go double-team, triple-team Lawrence Roberts, and sometimes they forget about the shooter," Frazier said.

    Campbell added a career-best 18 points and Ervin had a career-high 10 assists for the hot-shooting Bulldogs (5-1), who shook off a sluggish start and won their third straight.

    Mississippi State shot nearly 52 percent (32-of-62), and Frazier surpassed his previous career high of 26 points, set last season in a 105-91 win over Auburn. It came two days after a miserable 5-for-14 game against Nicholls State.

    "He's a streaky shooter sometimes," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "The other night, he couldn't buy a shot -- wide-open shots. Tonight, he couldn't miss a shot. The positive thing about Winsome is this -- every shot he takes in his mind is a good shot. That's how you want a shooter to think."

    Frazier left to a standing ovation in the final minutes after hitting his eighth 3-pointer. He entered with eight 3-pointers on the season.

    "This is the best game I've had in my life," Frazier said.

    Campbell's previous best of 17 points came last November against Tennessee-Martin, and he made Missouri-Kansas City coach Rich Zvosec a believer.

    "If Campbell can give him that kind of production and that type of competitiveness, they're going to be very good," Zvosec said.

    Mississippi State blew the game open with a 16-5 run early in the second half, and the Bulldogs led by as many as 24 points.

    Roberts, who had the first triple-double in school history Sunday, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds while playing with a clear, plastic mask protecting his broken nose.

    Mose Howard led Missouri-Kansas City (0-1) with 15 points. Mike English and Brandon Temple scored 11 apiece, and Corey Starks added 10 for the Kangaroos.

    This one was close for part of a half -- mainly because Mississippi State was playing its fourth game in six days, and it showed.

    Sluggish, sloppy and out of sync early against a Missouri-Kansas City zone defense determined not to let Roberts beat it, the Bulldogs trailed for much of the first half and twice fell behind by six points.

    "I didn't think we had that zip," Stansbury said. "Their game plan was to keep the ball away from Lawrence Roberts."

    That backfired when Frazier and the Bulldogs found their rhythm midway through the half, and it was all over for the outmanned Kangaroos.

    "I'm pleased with our effort and our execution for about 20 minutes," Zvosec said.

    Frazier hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points during an 18-6 spurt in which Mississippi State took command.

    The Bulldogs took the lead for good at 23-22 on Campbell's free throw with 6:45 left.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 82
    FG Made-Attempted 23-64 (.359) 32-62 (.516)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-33 (.273) 10-24 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-16 (.563) 8-14 (.571)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 24

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