Mississippi State

No. 6 Mississippi State overpowers Little Rock

Mississippi State guard Morgan William (2) and head coach Vic Schaefer.
Mississippi State guard Morgan William (2) and head coach Vic Schaefer. Associated Press

Morgan William scored a season-high 16 points and No. 6 Mississippi State overpowered Little Rock 86-48 on Sunday to improve to 9-0.

Teaira McCowan added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Victoria Vivians had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs have won 31 straight regular-season nonconference games and 30 nonconference home games in a row.

Monique Townson and Kyra Collier each had 11 points for Little Rock (3-6), and Teal Battle added 10.

Mississippi State outscored Little Rock 25-2 in the third quarter, holding the Trojans without a field goal for the final 9 minutes.

William scored 12 points in the first half to help the Bulldogs take a 43-28 lead.

“Really proud of our second half,” MSU coach Vic Schaefer said. “In the second half, we were special. In the first half, even though we were ahead by 15, nobody was really happy about how we played. At halftime, we talked about intensity, heart and effort.

“I really liked our response coming out of the locker room (at halftime). We responded. We played really well in the third quarter. Little Rock is really good. I am excited about our response today.””

The Trojans were overmatched in every area of the game, being outrebounded 44-28 and turning the ball over 20 times. Mississippi State turned that into 25 points and had 50 points in the paint.

Mississippi State hosts No. 9 Oregon at 6 p.m. Wednesday night.