Sophomore star guard Stephen Thompson returned to the Oregon State lineup recovering from a foot injury, but Mississippi State jumped on the young Beavers early on the Bulldogs home court in Starkville taking a 26-point lead and rolling on to a 74-57 win.
Thompson led OSU with 20-points who fall to 3-and-5. Mississippi State is coached now by former UCLA head coach Ben Howland. The Beavers finish the 2-game trip in Charlotte tomorrow afternoon.
#8 Gonzaga breezed past Mississippi Valley State in Spokane, 97-63. The Zags are 7-and-0 and will host 16th ranked Arizona tomorrow afternoon at 230pm and nationally televised on ESPN.
The 23rd ranked Oregon Ducks will look to push their record to 7-and-2 tomorrow at 3pm at Matt Knight Arena when they host Savannah State. The Ducks are coming off a 93-54 win over Western Oregon Wednesday night.
Other Pac-12 games tomorrow see 11th ranked and unbeaten UCLA play at top-rated Kentucky in a 930am tipoff on CBS. Stanford plays at #4 Kansas and 7-and-0 USC entertains B-Y-U.