February 9, 2010

Stansbury hoping to turn things around

Mississippi State has been reeling of late dropping four of their last five games with all four losses coming on the road.

The Bulldogs will return to the friendly confines of Humphrey Coliseum Thursday night to battle instate rival Ole Miss.

"We've been on the road for a while," said MSU point guard Dee Bost. "We're glad to be home so we can get some momentum going. We've still got confidence. We know in our hearts that we can still win and win every game. We still high we know that we've got to keep coming out working hard every game so we can change everything around."

The Bulldogs haven't lost at home since the season opening shocker to Rider churning out eight straight victories inside the Hump.

State head coach Rick Stansbury has always stressed how difficult it is to win on the road in the Southeastern Conference and understands how much a team can feed off of its home crowd at times. He hopes that will hold true Thursday night against the Rebels.

"One thing we have going for us that gives us a chance is just our energy and toughness that we're trying to play with," Stansbury said. "Any kind of energy and emotion and enthusiasm that you can pull from anywhere else and get, it helps you."

The Bulldogs won the previous matchup in Oxford earlier this season in the SEC opener for both schools. Mississippi State was able to come away from Tad Smith Coliseum with an 80-75 win but Stansbury feels that victory will not matter when the rivals meet on the hardwood this time around.

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