February 4, 2013
Bulldogs recovering for rivalry game
Last week Mississippi State began their games playing better than they have all year in conference play.
The Bulldogs built a 13-point lead on Texas A&M and a 17-point advantage on LSU last week only to come out on the losing end of both contests.
The losses pushed MSU's current losing streak to six games after beginning the SEC slate at 2-0.
"It was a tough week for us on the basketball court," said MSU head coach Rick Ray. "I thought we were competitive in the two games. I thought in the first halves of the Texas A&M and LSU games were the best that we've played in SEC play, including our two wins. The unfortunate part of it is in the second half we made some mistakes that ended up not giving us a chance to win the ball game."
The Bulldogs lost 55-49 to Texas A&M in overtime on Wednesday while falling 69-68 to LSU after the Tigers took the lead with 1.5 seconds remaining. State committed 24 turnovers in the loss to the Aggies and converted just 13-of-27 from the free throw line against the Tigers.
In the second half of Saturday's game against LSU, the Bulldogs missed 12 free throws including seven straight.
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