STARKVILLE, Miss. - Georgia State was defeated Thursday night in Starkville, Miss., by the No. 4 Mississippi State Bulldogs at Humphrey Coliseum.
Georgia State lost 106-50 and fell to 0-2 on the season. The Panthers struggled to combat the size of Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs outrebounded the Panthers 38-21 and forced 28 turnovers on the defensive end.
Mississippi State played full-court defense on nearly every possession in the first half and held Georgia State to just 23% shooting from the field. A bright spot for the Panthers was their free throw shooting as GSU finished 17-for-20 at the stripe.
Mississippi State, last season's NCAA Tournament runner-ups, entered the game ranked fourth in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll and seventh in the AP Poll. The game was the first against a ranked opponent for GSU since playing No. 13 Old Dominion in the 2007-08 season. The Bulldogs are the highest ranked-team to face GSU since the Panthers played No. 3 North Carolina during that same 2007-08 season.
Georgia State will play its third Power-5 opponents in a row next Tuesday as GSU goes across town to face Georgia Tech at McCamish Pavilion.
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