STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Timmy Bowers scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting as 23rd-ranked Mississippi State cruised to its third straight victory, 100-58 over Alabama A&M.
In a battle between teams nicknamed the Bulldogs, Bowers went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, making two in the opening 20 minutes. He also recorded a career-high seven assists, helping Mississippi State (3-1) take a commanding 56-29 lead at halftime.
Mississippi State had six players in double figures for the first time since last season, when seven reached double digits against Louisiana-Monroe.
"We knew that we were quicker than them coming into the game," Bowers said. "We wanted to get out into the passing lanes and let our defense initiate our offense. We knew coming in that we could attack their zone defense and score some points."
Marcus Campbell contributed a career-high 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting off the bench and Ontario Harper chipped in 15 - all in the first half - as Mississippi State humbled its second straight Southwestern Athletic Conference opponent, having recorded a 100-65 win over Jacksonville on Saturday.
"Now I have to go and crash the boards a lot more," Harper said of his starting role. "It's not like trying to be the energy guy like I was last year coming off the bench. With starting the game, I just have to come out hard and ready to play."
Mississippi State has recorded consecutive 100-point games for the first time in school history.
"What we tried to do in this game is not repeat what happened Saturday night, going into halftime with a big lead and coming out in the second half and playing like we have a big lead," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said.
Mississippi State played without leading returning scorer and rebounder Mario Austin. The 6-9 center is being held out because it appears the NCAA will declare him academically ineligible.
Garik Nicholson paced Alabama A&M (1-2) with 14 points. But coach Vann Pettaway's team suffered its second straight loss to a Southeastern Conference team, falling, 68-40, to Vanderbilt on November 24.
"We didn't play our normal game, we weren't patient," Pettaway said. "They forced turnovers on the wing. Mississippi State played tonight, they played like a top-20 team. They played without their big horse and other guys just stepped up."
Mississippi State improved to 4-0 all-time against Alabama A&M, posting wins in four straight seasons by an average margin of 32.8 points.