CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Travis Daniels scored 21 points and Mississippi State used a hot start to race past Saint Louis 75-50 in the Corpus Christi Coast Challenge semifinals Friday night.
Gavin Ware added 16 points and Fred Thomas had 14 for the Bulldogs (5-0).
Austin McBroom led Saint Louis (3-2) with 10 points.
The Bulldogs hit 12 of their first 15 shots, including all three 3's, to race to a 31-16 lead at the 8:26 mark. MSU opened the scoring with those treys, with Thomas sandwiching a Daniels' 3 in the first 3 minutes. When Thomas was fouled on a 3 and hit all three free throws, it was 16-5 barely 5 minutes into the game.
Following a McBroom jumper for the Billikens, Thomas made a jumper and Daniels had a 3 and it was 36-18 at the 5:28 mark.