January 17, 2009

Bulldogs continue to roll in SEC play

STARKVILLE, Miss., - It may not be found in any dictionary but Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury coined the term "spurtability" to describe the way his team is playing.

The Bulldogs completed their fifth consecutive win on Saturday evening knocking off Vanderbilt 73-66 in front of 8,423 faithful at Humphrey Coliseum.

"This team has some spurtability about them," Stansbury said. "I don't know if that is a word or not but we have the ability to spurt and score some points. Spurtabilty sounds a whole lot better. When you can jump up and make some three's, even though it gives you three points on that scoreboard it's also an emotional lift and an emotional dagger for that other team some. It gives you so much on both ends and our team has the ability to do that."

MSU held a 32-27 lead at halftime and poured it on shooting 63.6-percent from the field in the second half to improve to 13-5 on the year and remain unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference at 3-0. It was the eighth straight win over the Commodores in Starkville.

"The crowd played a huge factor for us tonight, like they have been doing," Stansbury said. "Vanderbilt is a team that can come from behind at any moment, so you can never be comfortable with a lead against them. We were able to step up and hit some three's in the second half that got us on a roll."

For the night, the Bulldogs shot 48-percent from the floor and hit 7-of-18 shots from downtown.

Ravern Johnson led State with 18 points knocking down 6-of-12 shooting including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

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