Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan (15) is fouled while shooting by Grambling State guard Chantiara Lewis (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Jim Lytle
November 21, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State had a definite size advantage on Grambling, taking the floor with 6-foot-7 Teaira McCowan and 6-5 Chinwe Okorie.

They helped the No. 10 Bulldogs dominate inside in a 107-43 rout of Grambling on Saturday. Victoria Vivians scored 21 of her 22 points in the second half and freshman McCowan recorded her first double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

''I think (the size) is a tremendous advantage,'' MSU coach Vic Schaefer said. ''If we're going to go to that next level, that's the area we've got to really get better. I think we're getting there.''

Okorie added 12 points and 11 rebounds for MSU, which led 50-26 at halftime. McCowan had 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks at the break.

Darae Taylor led Grambling (1-3) with 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

Morgan William converted a three-point play, got a steal on the ensuing inbounds play and converted another three-point play to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead in the first minute.

Vivians hit three 3-point shots and scored 13 points in the third when the Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 29-5 and led 79-31 going into the fourth quarter.

MSU outscored the Tigers 56-18 in the paint and out-rebounded the visitors 57-27.

William finished with 12 points and four assists without turning the ball over.

''We had a real focus of going inside and I thought (McCowan) established that,'' Schaefer said. ''It was great to see Victoria knocking down shots, we certainly need that.''


Mississippi State: Vivians missed her first six shots from the field and first three from behind the arc in the first half. After the break, the sophomore guard went 8 of 8 and 5 of 5 from 3-point range.

Grambling: The Tigers turned the ball over 29 times, resulting in 40 MSU points. They managed just six assists and went 0 for 10 on 3-pointers.


Mississippi State hosts Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday.

Grambling will travel to Southern University next Friday.

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