We can't say the Hokies looked good, but they definitely sounded good in an 88-57 domination of a fatigued Mississippi State club in the Bahamas. Some people say that this one should be taken with a grain of salt due to the Bulldogs being tired from playing six games since last Saturday, but a 31-point win is a 31-point win, especially over an SEC team.
The Hokies were hot from the field, shooting an eye-popping 59% (17-29) in the first half. After missing their first three attempts, Tech made six straight and nine out of their next 10 shots to open up a 10-point advantage just nine minutes into the game. The Hokies also made 6-of-13 three-pointers in the first half, jumping out to a 44-27 halftime advantage.
Tech cooled off a tad in the second half, but still managed to shoot 50% for the game (30-60) and ended up making 9-of-25 from beyond the arc. According to Bill Roth and Mike Burnop, Mississippi State was one of the more tired basketball teams they've witnessed in awhile, and it showed on the boards, as Tech dominated the bigger Bulldogs 39-24, including 13 offensive rebounds to MSU's five.
All 11 players that made the trip got in the game for Tech, including Paul Debnam, who came in with more than 2 minutes to go. Debnam and Cadarian Raines were the only Hokies that didn't score in the contest, as the Hokies got production from everyone that saw significant playing time.