JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Charles Rhodes turned Mississippi State's
trip to Jackson into his personal homecoming, recording career
highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds in the Bulldogs' 104-80 rout of
Jacksonville State on Thursday night.
The Jackson native led six Bulldogs in double figures by
doubling the stats from his previous best game -- a 12-point,
nine-rebound performance last week in an overtime victory over
This time, Mississippi State reached 100 points for the first
time since beating Florida A&M by the same score on Dec. 20, 2004 --
and the Bulldogs did it without their leading scorer. Guard Jamall
Edmondson, who averages 15 points, didn't dress with a groin
The bigger, stronger Bulldogs (7-2) struggled for nearly a half,
trailing by as many as six, before finally breaking it open with a
21-3 run which bridged the halftime.
Mississippi State closed the half with a 10-1 run and led 46-43
at the break, then opened the second half with an 11-2 burst to
push its lead into double figures. The Gamecocks didn't get closer
than seven points the rest of the way.
B.J. Spencer, who grew up in Mississippi State's shadows in
Starkville, had 21 points to lead Jacksonville State (4-3).
Courtney Bradley had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Walker D.
Russell added 10 points for the Gamecocks.
The game was played in Jackson, the state capital located about
140 miles southwest of the Mississippi State campus in Starkville.
The Bulldogs usually play one home game each season away from
campus, and have won all four games they have played in Jackson
since Rick Stansbury became coach in 1998. Mississippi State beat
the Gamecocks 95-53 here last season.