STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Arnett Moultrie scored 20 points, Dee Bost added 18 and No. 24 Mississippi State cruised to an 82-59 victory over North Texas on Sunday.

The Bulldogs bolted to a 30-10 lead and were never challenged, shooting 63.3 percent in the first half and 51.9 percent for the game.

Front-court starters Moultrie and Renardo Sidney returned to the lineup after both missed two games because of injuries. Moultrie continued his hot start to the season, shooting 5 of 9 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. Sidney battled foul trouble for much of the game, finishing with nine points and three rebounds.

Rodney Hood and Jalen Steele had 11 points apiece for Mississippi State (7-1).

Chris Jones led North Texas (1-3) with 12 points.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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