Williamson, Louisville beat Mississippi St. 72-58 in the Bahamas

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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Samuel Williamson scored a season-high 15 points, Dre Davis scored 12 and Louisville crossed to a 72-58 victory over Mississippi State Thursday night at the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship.

Jae’Lyn Wither added 11 points to Louisville (4-1) and Malik Williams finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Cardinals play Maryland in Saturday’s championship game.

Williamson scored 10 points in a row for Louisville during a 21-5 run that made it 29-12 as Dre Davis made a layup to finish the sprint with 4:55 left in the first half. Davis added two free throws and a 3-pointer before Noah Locke made a jumper to give the Cardinals a 20-point lead with 3:21 left in the first half.

Iverson Molinar led Mississippi State (4-1) by 17 points and Tolu Smith scored 10.

Locke, who went into the match with an average of 16.0 points this season and only needed three points to reach 1,000 in his career, finished with two points on 1-of-9 shooting. The senior transfer scored 933 points in three seasons in Florida.

The Bulldogs went into the fight by shooting 52% from the field and 45.7% from 3-point range this season, making 20 of 60 from the field and only 1 of 15 behind the arc.

Mississippi State plays Richmond in Saturday’s consolation match.

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