December 2, 2008

Bulldogs return from road trip

Mississippi State entered last weekend winning their first five games but back-to-back setbacks to Washington State and Texas Tech in the championship rounds of the Legends Classic left the Bulldogs with some much needed practice time.

MSU began their nearly weeklong road trip with a win over St. Bonaventure before falling to the Cougars and the Red Raiders.

"There is such a small margin of error on the road," said Bulldog head coach Rick Stansbury. "You can't leave plays on the court. We left too many plays on the court. We hope we understand now how important every possession is. Naturally the physicalness and the toughness of the game was more than our team was ready for with both of those teams. Both of those teams are similar in their styles and physical physiques."

After a 63-52 loss to Washington State on Friday, Stansbury saw some improvement made in his team the next afternoon is a 77-73 loss to Texas Tech.

"I thought against Texas Tech we did a lot of good things," Stansbury said. "We outrebounded them by nine, held them to 40-percent shooting and only had 11 turnovers. But we left too many plays on the court. The one thing again that can be pointed to is that you can't go 17-for-31 on the road against good teams from the foul line. What we have talked about since day one is there is such a small margin of error on the road.

"I think it was a learning experience for everybody. I saw some guys that fought harder and did some things better. But again, doing it better and doing it exactly right every trip is the difference between winning and losing in particularly on the road."

The Bulldogs returned home for a week of practice before taking on Alabama State at noon of Saturday.

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