February 9, 2011

MSU keeps streak alive against Hogs

STARKVILLE, Miss., - For the eleventh consecutive year Mississippi State sent Arkansas back to Fayettville losers after playing inside Humphrey Coliseum.

The Bulldogs overcame an early deficit to dispatch the Razorbacks 67-56 in front of 3,121 fans who braved the 4.5 inches of snow that fell Wednesday evening.

MSU won its second straight game and improved to 5-4 in conference play and 13-10 overall. The Bulldogs shot 46.8-percent on the night including 7-of-16 behind the arc. They also converted a season-high 16-18 from the charity stripe.

State overcame 21 turnovers in the contest and managed to outrebound the Hogs 41-28 off the glass.

Despite playing on a still nagging Achilles injury, Dee Bost led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Bost shot 7-of-12 from the field and drained four of his six trey attempts.

"I just tried to let the game come to me at first then I started being aggressive," Bost said. "I tried to take advantage of what I had and it worked."

Bost also joined the 1,000 point club for his career on a 3-point basket midway through the first half.

For the second straight game, Renardo Sidney managed a double-double performance. The former McDonald's All-American scored 12 points and pulled down 10 boards in 26 minutes of play.

Brian Bryant came off the bench to add nine points and five rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Mississippi State's bench added a season-high 21 points with Wendell Lewis adding eight and Riley Benock four.

"What I am most proud of is the effort the guys gave," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "We had planned not to have Riley tonight after shoot around this afternoon. It was during the starting lineup when he spoke up and said he wanted to try and play tonight. We had scrambled a little bit in shoot around today to try and do a few things with Brian and Jalen, which is something we have not done all year. We had to play that way in the first half and did not have to play that way in the second half.

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