February 17, 2009

Stewart setting an example

Mississippi State junior shooting guard Barry Stewart has been through his share of battles in his career.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder has played in 94 games during his tenure in Starkville and has seen his share of ups and downs.

Stewart is trying to set an example for the younger players on how to handle themselves no matter how the season is going.

"I just tell the other guys to just play and bring the same energy," Stewart said. "I try to approach practice and everything the same. If we won or if we lost, I approach it the same. Some people get down on themselves. You always want to think you can do better, win or lose. The main thing is staying focused and staying confident."

Stewart became the 30th member of the 1,000 points club with his 18 point performance against Auburn. But despite his efforts MSU still allowed over 90 points for the second consecutive game which is something he and the Bulldogs are trying to correct.

"(Defense) is an area I believe we need to work on," Stewart said. "The double-overtime game went to 97 points but Saturday night, 91 points in a 40-minute game is unacceptable. I think we need to get to work on that."

Stewart does not feel that the four guard lineup State is going with is the problem on defense.

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