December 12, 2010

State snaps two-game skid

STARKVILLE, Miss., - For the first time all season Mississippi State was able to build a substantial lead and put a team away.

The Bulldogs buried 15 3-pointers to claim a 74-58 win over North Carolina A&T to snap a two-game losing skid.

"I think the biggest thing I was pleased with besides getting the win was I thought we had a decent response from last night," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "That's the biggest thing. We could have very easily mentally came out and not had any sharpness to us at all today and let these guys hang around and make a tight game of it and we didn't. I thought we came out with as good a focus as you could hope to have and thought our energy was pretty good in the first half.

MSU (5-2) actually shot a higher percentage behind the arc than they did from the floor. The Bulldogs made 50-percent of its trey attempts while shooting 42.4-percent overall.

Ravern Johnson led all scorers with 17 points including hitting 5-of-10 from downtown.

Riley Benock had a career afternoon scoring 15 points, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking two shots, all career highs for the senior. He also converted a career-high 5-of-7 from 3-point range.

"This is one of those games where we knew we had to step up and get a win," Benock said. "I was trying to be aggressive from the start. It got started off well for me and got a couple of easy looks and it just carried over from there."

Kodi Augustus also added nine points in the win for State.

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