UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Freshman Josh Hubbard and Cameron Matthews each scored 13 points and Mississippi State beat Washington State 76-64 on Saturday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
Mississippi State (4-0) advances to the championship game on Sunday against the winner of Rhode Island versus Northwestern. Washington State (2-1) plays in the consolation game.
Mississippi State led throughout the second half, behind 10 points from Hubbard. The Cougars got as close at 40-37 before the Bulldogs scored the next seven points. Hubbard added a 3-pointer with 2:22 left for a 71-61 lead.
Dashawn Davis scored a season-high 12 points and Jimmy Bell Jr. had 11 points and eight rebounds for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs went 21 of 25 at the free-throw line compared to Washington State's 12 attempts.
Mississippi State led 36-30 at halftime as Washington State shot just 34% from the field. The Cougars finished at 41%.
Freshman Myles Rice scored a season-high 21 points for the Cougars. Joseph Yesufu added 15 points, his first double-digit performance as a Cougar, and Isaac Jones scored 10.
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