December 28, 2009

Bulldogs notch eighth consecutive win

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State extended their winning streak out to eight games Monday night taking care of business against Mississippi Valley State 73-45 to improve to 11-2 overall.

But despite the lopsided score, there were several aspects of the game that Bulldog head coach Rick Stansbury was dissatisfied with.

"I thought we were sluggish," Stansbury said. "I didn't think we were as sharp as we have been being. There are a couple of bad stats for me because we got outrebounded and we shot the ball as bad as we've shot it. I don't know when we've been below 40-percent. I didn't think we were sharp in either one of those positions but we still found a way to hold them to 45 points which is 17 below their average and gave us some separation.

Mississippi Valley State outrebounded the Bulldogs 45-44 on the night and held them to 39.3-percent shooting from the field. However, Stansbury was pleased to see that his team only committed four turnovers in the game and knocked down 12 treys.

Ravern Johnson came on strong in the second half to lead MSU in scoring with 22 points. Johnson shot 8-of-15 including five 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the second half.

"They were playing zone and I was knocking down open shots," Johnson said.

Phil Turner gave the Bulldogs a boost off the bench scoring 12 points and pulling down a team-high eight rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

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