January 27, 2009

Successful SEC start for Stansbury and State

Aside from their slip up on the Bayou last week, Mississippi State is in good shape entering their first open date of the Southeastern Conference slate.

The Bulldogs are 4-1 in league play but will be off Wednesday and will be preparing all week for a showdown with in-state rival Ole Miss.

"We've got our midweek game off and we don't play again until Saturday so it's a little bit different schedule," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "That's part of it so we will just use this week to try to fine tune some things and find ways to keep getting better."

Surprisingly, MSU has had found success this season with a true freshman point guard. Dee Bost has taken over for the departed Jamont Gordon and is averaging 9.7 points and 4.5 assists per game.

"We lost our point guard last year, a junior to the draft," Stansbury said. "At the time we signed (Bost), we did know what Jamont would do. We didn't know if we were going to back Jamont up with Dee this year at point guard or if Jamont would go into the draft. We had to protect ourselves as best we could in signing Dee."

Stansbury chose to put his trust in a pair of freshman running the point instead of bringing in some community college help. Twany Beckham plays the back-up role of the court general.



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