Mississippi State hangs on to beat Utah, improves to 6-0

Dashawn Davis scored 18 points on six 3-pointers, including a crucial make with 2:27 remaining in regulation, to help Mississippi State earn a 52-49 victory over Utah on Wednesday in the Fort Myers Tip-Off championship in Fort Myers, Fla.Utah (4-2) had a couple of tip-in chances at the rim in the waning seconds, but couldn’t convert. After Mississippi State (6-0) missed the front end of a one-and-one, Gabe Madsen missed a 3-pointer that would’ve tied the game. Tolu Smith also missed a free throw to give Utah a last gasp with 4.3 seconds remaining.Rollie Worster missed the final shot that fell short of the rim. Utah finished 1 of 9 from the field to close the game.Mississippi State shot 25.4 percent from the field but overcame that low percentage thanks to a couple of timely shots that made the difference in the championship tilt. Smith, known as the Bulldogs’ most-reliable post presence, led the way with 16 points and 16 rebounds.In a game of numerous scoring droughts, Utah trailed at halftime but then took advantage by shooting over 40 percent early in the second half to take a narrow lead over Mississippi State. However, the Utes then went through a 1-for-14 stretch from the field that allowed the Bulldogs to prevail.Ben Carlson and Marco Anthony led the way for the Utes with 10 points apiece as the team’s double-digit scorers. Madsen added eight points.