November 19, 2008

Bulldogs win opening round of Legends Classic

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State flexed its muscle against Division II opponent North Alabama to the tune of 102-61 in the opening round of the Legends Classic in front of 5,104 at Humphrey Coliseum.

The Bulldogs took the lead right from the start and never relinquished it. In fact, MSU has not been behind at all on young season.

"I thought our kids played hard," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "We shared the ball. We don't always make the smart play or the right play but we are playing hard. We are playing a lot of people and getting a lot of experience by doing that."

The Bulldogs shot 57.6-percent from the floor on the night including 44-percent from behind the arc. State also improved from the charity stripe hitting 23-of-26 for 88.5 percent.

Jarvis Varnado recorded his first double-double of the year with 16 points and 14 rebounds. The 6-foot-9 center also blocked seven shots against the Lions.

"I just wanted to win," Varnado said. "I came out and played hard. We had a mental lapse a little to start the second half. But once we got our heads right we finished the job."

Varnado seven swats puts him two shy of breaking Erick Dampier's school record.

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