STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Mississippi State was not about to be dealt another Louisiana surprise.
Michal Ignerski had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the 24th-ranked Bulldogs cruised to a 78-38 rout of overmatched Louisiana Tech.
In its season opener, Mississippi State got off to a rough start with a surprising 79-76 loss at the hands of Louisiana-Lafayette.
But the Bulldogs (5-1) were not about to be upset again by a team from Pelican State, racing to a 37-22 lead at the half and cruising the rest of the way. The Bulldogs led by as many as 42 points in the second half.
Mississippi State put away the game in the second half with a 20-0 run in which it held Louisiana Tech scoreless for nearly 10 minutes.
"I really feel that Mississippi State has a chance to be great," Louisiana Tech coach Keith Richard said. "They are the best team I've played in a long time. I thought we competed well in the first half but their talent just outmanned us in the second half."
Ontario Harper added 11 points for the Bulldogs, who are off until next Saturday, when they play nationally-ranked Xavier at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"As a coach, you can't be anything but pleased with the effort on the court," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "Louisiana Tech is a very good basketball team. I thought our team, defensively, came out and took away all their strengths."
Antonio Meeking scored 11 points to lead Louisiana Tech (1-2), which lost to a nationally ranked Southeastern Conference school for the second time this season. The Bulldogs opened their campaign with a 76-55 setback at Florida.
Mississippi State never was in any trouble, opening a seven-point lead less than five minutes into the contest. A jumper by Timmy Bowers gave Mississippi State a 21-9 cushion with 7:33 left in the opening half.
A dunk by Meeking with 3:43 to go before halftime narrowed the deficit to single digits, but Bowers scored four points in a 9-1 surge to close the half that provided a 37-22 advantage.
Bowers finished with 10 points for Mississippi State, which shot 39 percent (24-of-62) and held a commanding 56-29 advantage on the boards.
Louisiana Tech was horrible from the floor all afternoon, shooting just 23 percent (12-of-52). The Bulldogs made just four baskets over the final 20 minutes.
It was never a contest in the second half as five different players contributed to the 20-0 run, capped by two foul shots from Marcus Campbell that made it 57-22 with 11:42 remaining.
Louisiana Tech got its first points of the second half, when Wayne Powell made 1-of-2 foul shots with 11:15 remaining.
"We couldn't make any shots to build momentum," Richard said. "We needed some shots to go down and when they didn't, it just snowballed on us."