February 7, 2009

Bulldogs set 3-point record in comeback

STARKVILLE - Mississippi State has the best 3-point shooter in the country in Ravern Johnson and Saturday afternoon the Bulldogs shattered the school record with 16 treys against Arkansas.

The irony is that Johnson was held scoreless.

Instead the Bulldogs turned to the likes of Dee Bost, Barry Stewart, Phil Turner and even Riley Benock to make up the difference from the outside in an 86-77 win in front of 7,421 at Humphrey Coliseum.

"That's pretty amazing stuff (that Johnson did not score and MSU still won)," said Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey. "That's the sign of a good basketball team. When one guys not got it then somebody else picks him up."

MSU was down by 15 points at halftime before barking back to outscore the Hogs 50-26 in the second half to improve to 16-7 overall and 6-2 in the Southeastern Conference.

"Our players deserve a lot of credit coming out of that locker room," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "You can very easily against an SEC team fold it up and go home and get beat and that's what happens most nights against an SEC team down 15. Our goal was to get to the first (media) timeout under 10. If I remember correctly we had them calling a timeout in 3:30 and it's a seven point game. That changed the whole flow of the game."

The Bulldogs shots 64-percent from the floor in the second half and finished the game at 50.9-percent. State drilled 9-of-13 from 3-point land in the second half and were 16-of-29 for the game.

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