March 12, 2009

MSU takes out defending champion Georgia

TAMPA, Fla., - Mississippi State made sure that defending Southeastern Conference Tournament Champion Georgia's magic did not carry over from last year.

After being bounced by Georgia in the semifinals last season, MSU put together an impressive 14-point first half lead en route to a 79-60 win in round one of the SEC Tournament in front of 11,071 fans at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Kodi Augustus provided the offensive spark off the bench for State leading all scorers with 19 points.

"That light has come on and he wants the opportunity to play," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "And it came on in practice and not in a game. He started practicing better three weeks ago and he started getting a little bit of time. He started getting some time earlier in those games even though he wasn't having this kind of success. It's carried over and over. Once he's gotten in and had some success, now he's built on that."

Augustus hit 6-of-9 from the floor while also draining 3-of-4 from the outside in 17 minutes.

"It feels good," Augustus said. "(My confidence) is high. It's always been high but I guess even better now because it's starting to show. I'm producing when I get in but the confidence is real good."

MSU shot 50.9-percent from the floor on the afternoon including draining 9-of-24 from 3-point land.

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