There was 18:37 left on the clock in the first half on Thursday when Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry sank a 3-pointer against Louisiana-Monroe.
Perry’s outside shot accomplished two things. It gave the Bulldogs a lead they’d never relinquish and it signified that on this night, unlike in the season’s first two games, Perry was going to be productive from the outset.
Perry nearly had a double-double in the first half alone with 10 points and nine rebounds, and he finished with 14 points and 14 boards to key MSU’s 62-45 win over ULM.
“It definitely felt good to get off to a good start,” Perry said. “I worked hard a lot this past week at practice.
“I just pushed myself (and made sure) I wasn’t on cruise control. I just went as hard as I could and locked in and prepared.”
For more on Perry and the Bulldogs, see Friday's Starkville Daily News.