• Key play: With roughly three minutes left in the half, junior point guard Phil Pressey hauled in an aborted alley oop attempt to Alex Oriakhi and converted a basket that put MU ahead 29-10.
• Key stat: Mississippi State practically shot itself out of the game, making only four of 25 shots in the first half.
• Key play: The game was pretty much in hand, but a four-point play by sophomore Jabari Brown which made the score 51-23 with 13 minutes, 41 seconds left keyed a stretch where Missouri seized control for good.
• Key stat: Missouri outscored Mississippi State 40-14 in the paint.
Four-star point guard Anton Beard, a MU commitment since June, announced via Twitter that he plans on decommitting from Missouri and reopening his recruitment.
Beard, who is listed at 5-feet-10, 180 pounds by Rivals.com, is from Little Rock, Ark.
| Terez A. Paylor, The Star