November 19, 2009

Bulldogs back in the win column

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State's 82-67 win over Southeastern Louisiana Thursday night may not have won very many style points but it was a win nonetheless.

The Bulldogs bounced back after an opening game upset by Rider last Friday to even their record at 1-1 in front of 4,544 fans at Humphrey Coliseum and hand the Lions their first loss.

MSU never trailed in against the Lions and led by as many as 19 points in the second half. The Bulldogs shot 45.2-percent on the night and outrebounded Southeastern Louisiana 47-30. State also knocked down 40-percent of their shots from 3-points land and hit 76.2-percent from the charity stripe.

All five of the Bulldogs starters scored in double digits and got 12 points off the thin bench.

"It's good to get one on the right side of the win column again," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "I thought our guys found a way to suck it up a little bit more in the second half than we did the other night. I played my bench a little bit more."

Jarvis Varnado flirted with his second career triple double scoring 20 points, grabbing nine rebounds and swatting away eight shots.

"A win is a win," Varando said. "We came out and defended well and that was Bulldog basketball right there. We outrebounded our opponent and that's Bulldog basketball."

Varnado is now just three blocks shy of Shaquille O'Neal's SEC career record of 412 swats.

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