Mississippi State men's basketball

Ole Miss guard Daeshun Ruffin, right, drives against Mississippi State’s Shakeel Moore (3) during the first half of Saturday’s game.

With starting post player Tolu Smith in a little bit of foul trouble during the second half, senior Will McNair Jr. stepped up in key stretches and helped the Bulldogs defeat the Rebels 64-54 at Humphrey Coliseum.

McNair led MSU with 13 points in a little over 25 minutes on the court.

When Chris Jans left New Mexico State to become the head coach of the Bulldogs, he brought McNair with him.

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