December 30, 2008

State drops overtime decision to San Diego

STARKVILLE - It took overtime to decide a see-saw battle between San Diego and Mississippi State Tuesday night.

After seven lead changes and seven ties, it was the Toreros that prevailed 64-61 in front of 3,745 fans at Humphrey Coliseum.

San Diego trapped Phil Turner with 37-seconds remaining in regulation resulting in a steal by point guard Trumaine Johnson. A tip in by Torero center Gyno Pomare with 21 ticks left sent the game into overtime tied at 53-53.

"Coming in, I didn't think this was a team that we could press," said San Diego head coach Bill Grier. "But in that situation in the game I felt like we needed to see if we could force a turnover and if not at least force them to take some time off the clock and make it a little more difficult for them to execute and score. Fortunately it worked out for us."

San Diego struck first in overtime and outscored the Bulldogs 11-8 during the period to improve to 7-7 on the season. During the extra frame, the Toreros shot 83.3-percent while State hit a dismal 2-of-8 from the field.

"During the overtime, we wanted to throw the first punch but they got up on us," said State shooting guard Barry Stewart. "They got up on us right there on us and we tried to battle back."

The Toreros shot 41-percent from the field on the evening and hit 2-of-4 shots beyond the arc. San Diego also hit the glass outrebounding the Bulldogs 40-36.

Johnson led the Toreros in scoring with his 17 points and also finished with six steals and five rebounds.

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