By David Brandt/The Associated Press
STARKVILLE — Ravern Johnson scored 23 points as Mississippi State held off Nicholls State for a 67-58 victory on Monday night.
Johnson, who came into the game averaging 23.9 points per game, scored 18 in the first half. Brian Bryant added a career-high 22 points as Mississippi State (6-2) shot 51.1 percent from the field.
Nicholls State (4-4) stayed close for much of the game, briefly taking a 27-26 lead with 2:47 remaining in the first half after an 8-0 run.
But MSU roared back with 10 unanswered points to take a 36-27 halftime lead and extended its margin to 13 points by midway through the second half. Nicholls State had one more run, pulling within 56-49 late in the second half, but the Bulldogs scored the next five points to put the game away.
Anatoly Bose led the Colonels with 17 points.
Read more in Tuesday's NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.