March 4, 2009

Dogs get back on track against Florida

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State broke out of their three game slump in a big way Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs made over half of their shots and also got 26 points off the bench in a 80-71 victory over Florida in front of 6,151 faithful at Humphrey Coliseum.

"I am proud of our kids coming off a very tough loss this past Saturday in a game I thought we lacked effort, and that was not the case tonight.," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "We played with emotion and great effort, and in turn that clears your mind and your play escalates. When you play to win, good things happen, and the ball seems to go into the basket easier."

MSU made 50.9-percent from the floor including knocking down 10-of-20 from downtown to shoot their way out of their recent shooting slump.

Ravern Johnson led the way for the Bulldogs scoring team-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Johnson drained 4-of-7 from behind the arc which gives him 76 treys on the year, good enough for third on the school's single season list.

"I've been thinking about my shot a lot," Johnson said. "I've been trying to figure out what I've been doing wrong. But I just came out tonight and didn't worry about that. I just shot the ball."

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