BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi State trailed 54-53 and created an offensive surge late by going on a 12-5 run to beat Northwestern State 65-59.
I.G. Ready bagged 14 points to lead the Bulldogs (4-2) who bounced back under the win column after a setback to Lehigh on Friday.
The game went back-and-fourth with nine tied scores and eight lead changes.
"We just had to settle down and make plays, "said Ready. "My job was to make sure guys were in position to make plays."
Back-to-back 3-point baskets from Zeek Woodley and Sabri Thompson propelled Northwestern State to a 39-33 lead with 16:11 remaining in the game.
MSU head coach Ben Howland said, "We were short-handed, so we started out zone to avoid foul trouble. We weren't very good in the zone. Proud of Eli Wright and how he played. He did a great job tonight, scoring, defending and rebounding. Glad to get the win. I hope that we can get healthy."
The Bulldogs connected on 24 of 52 shots from the field (46.2 percent), 2 of 15 from 3-point range (13.3 percent) and 15 of 20 from the foul line (75.0 percent).
The Demons hit 21 of 54 shots from the field (38.9 percent), 9 of 21 shots from 3-point range (42.9 percent) and 8 of 10 shots from the foul line (80.0 percent).
Northwestern State out rebounded the Bulldogs 33-31. MSU had nine assists and 13 turnovers, while the Demons had eight assists and 19 turnovers. The Bulldogs took advantage of the Demon turnovers and scored 26 points.
MSU will have a home game 8 p.m. Thursday, hosting Oregon State to be televised on ESPNU.