For a change, Mississippi State didn't need to rely on star
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
"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
"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.
This one was close for part of a half -- mainly because
Mississippi State was playing its fourth game in six days, and it
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
"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.