February 12, 2009

Stansbury talking Auburn Tigers

Less than a day after losing a heartbreaking double-overtime game to LSU and dropping two games back it the Southeastern Conference Western Division, Rick Stansbury knows how important it will be for his Mississippi State squad to regain their focus.

Stansbury stated that it would be important for his players to put the loss behind them and continue preparing to finish out the final seven regular season games strong.

"We left every ounce of energy we had left in us on that floor," Stansbury said. "We had opportunity after opportunity in the game and those are the games that are harder to swallow than the ones when you just get beat. But that's why you always hear me talk about one win and one loss. You can't get too high or too low and this is one of those moments. We've got to find a way to stay out of that valley."

The Bulldogs will have a short turnaround in preparing for an Auburn team on Saturday at 4 p.m. that has won it's last two conference games over Tennessee and Arkansas.

"We are going to play a very good Auburn team," Stansbury said. "Jeff Lebo's teams are always well coached. He's got them playing awful well right now coming off two big wins against Tennessee and Arkansas. They are a team offensively that can really score some points when they are on. They are kind of put together a little bit like us. It's never easy on the road. It's going to be a challenge for us Saturday afternoon."

After setting a school record with 16 3-pointers against Arkansas on Saturday, MSU hit a cold streak in Wednesday's loss to LSU. The Bulldogs made just 5-of-24 shots (20.8-percent) from the outside. But Stansbury believes the Tigers had a little to do with their struggles behind the arc.



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