Smith on Sports: Carters have a good week at the Hump

Danny P. Smith

Sports Editor

It’s been quite a week for the Carters at Humphrey Coliseum this week.

After father Greg picked up a couple of wins while coaching Starkville High School’s boys in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Classic, son Tyson scored 16 points to help the Mississippi State Bulldogs defeat the BYU Cougars 103-81 on Saturday.

It was the first time this season that the MSU men have reached the 100-point mark and Carter’s basket at the 3:30 mark of the second half accomplished that feat.

Carter hit 6-of-11 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers, and made both of his free throws in one of his better games of the season for the Bulldogs.

In his junior season, Carter continues to find ways to contribute to an MSU team that is loaded with talent.

Quinndary Weatherspoon and Aric Holman combined for 55 points for the Bulldogs against the Cougars. When MSU can get the production that Carter provided on top of it, the end result can prove to be positive on most nights.

Carter and the Bulldogs played in front of a good crowd at Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday. There was an announced paid attendance of 10,202 and most of those tickets were used.

For an 11 a.m. tip on a date that came between two holidays, that kind of gathering was very good and MSU coach Ben Howland took notice.

“Home court advantage makes such a huge difference and I’m real appreciative,” Howland said. “I was so excited because crowds can be sparse this time of the year, but our marketing department did a great job of getting the word out and getting fans here to support this team.

“Our kids deserve support because they work so hard and wear those Mississippi State jerseys with great pride. I’m excited to see what support we can get for the nine home games left that we have.”
There is nothing like basketball at Humphrey Coliseum.

Believe me, I’ve seen enough this week to know.

After spending about 12 hours covering high school basketball on Wednesday and Thursday at the Hump, I was back on Saturday watching the Bulldogs and the Cougars. I will return today for the MSU women against Louisiana.  

At one point during the week, I considered bringing a sleeping bag to the Hump because it felt like I lived there. Just kidding. I did rest in my own bed at night.

Humphrey Coliseum is a quality venue for basketball and will continue to be. The renovations planned will make it an even nicer place in the future.

If you haven't gone out to check out the Bulldogs at home, then it would be a good New Year's resolution to put that on your bucket list.

Why wait until the new year? There's no better time to watch MSU's top 10 women's squad in action than today.

Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.