STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Mississippi State concludes its longest season-opening homestand in 58 years Saturday afternoon with a non-conference contest against Louisiana Tech.
Mississippi State (4-1) has won four straight games since a season-opening defeat to Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Bulldogs routed Jackson State, 71-56, Wednesday as Timmy Bowers paced four players in double figures with 18 points.
It was the 1,100th win in school history for Mississippi State, which recorded its first-ever back-to-back 100-point outings in school history this week. The Bulldogs trounced Alabama A&M, 100-65, Monday and are leading the Southeastern Conference in scoring (85.6 ppg) and scoring margin (21.0 ppg).
Ontario Harper grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds, Vincent Branden scored 11 points and Michael Ignerski and Marcus Campbell added 10 apiece for Mississippi State, which remains without Mario Austin, last season's leading scorer and rebounder.
Austin is being held out because the NCAA is expected to declare him ineligible for the season.
Louisiana Tech (1-1), also with the nickname Bulldogs, topped Millsaps College, 77-49, on November 24. Antonio Meeking scored 15 points and Darrian Brown had 12 and nine rebounds in the victory.
Mississippi State owns an 8-4 all-time series record against Louisiana Tech, winning 68-63 in their most recent encounter on December 5, 2000.