January 3, 2009

State plays a 'complete' game against Houston

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State played what Rick Stansbury called 'the most complete two halves offensively and defensively together" Saturday afternoon in a sound 82-65 win over Houston in front of 3,374 fans at Humphrey Coliseum.

The Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard hitting 30-of-65 shooting (46.2-percent) for the game and held Houston to their second-lowest point total of the season.

"I thought our kids had a great approach," Stansbury said. "I thought we came tonight to play to win. I thought I saw a little urgency in us that I don't always see in this team. I thought it showed in the way we played. We made the extra pass and it led to better shots and I think that's the reason we made some shots."

MSU, who improved to 9-5, shot 44-percent from 3-point land on the afternoon hitting 11 treys against the Cougars. The Bulldogs made 11-of-18 attempts from the free throw line.

Phil Turner provided the spark for State scoring 16 points to lead the team.

"With his experience, he brings a lot of energy," Stansbury said of Turner. "He brings some matchups at the other end where people have to guard him. Again, we just need Phil to continue to make easy plays."

Ravern Johnson followed closely behind tallying 14 points along with 13 points and seven rebounds (five offensive) from Romero Osby in 17 minutes off the Bulldog bench.

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