January 14, 2012

Moultrie pushes State past Tide

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State has been pegged as a one dimensional offensive team over the past few years known for their ability to bury shots from the outside.

Saturday those shots were not falling but Arnett Moultrie went to work on the inside scoring 25 points in helping the 20th ranked Bulldogs down their twin state rival Alabama 56-52.

"That was a hard fought SEC game," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "I did not think either team could get a lot going offensively, but defensively, both teams really fought. I am awfully proud of our team for the way they won tonight. We got back up off the floor after last weekend and won two very difficult games at home. Our guys found ways to step up and make the plays and stops when they had to make them."

MSU (15-3, 2-1) shot just 3-of-17 from the outside and went the first 35 minutes without a trey falling. It was Dee Bost who stepped up and rattled home three 3-pointers in the game's final four minutes to spark the Bulldogs to their second straight win.

"Dee Bost, who has been struggling, is one of those guys who can step up at any given time and
make shots," Stansbury said. "We live with some of his bad shots, because you never know when he is going to get on a roll. Dee got on a roll at the right time for us tonight."



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