March 13, 2009
Dogs comeback against South Carolina
TAMPA, Fla., - It may not have started pretty for Mississippi State but the end result was all that mattered on Friday afternoon against South Carolina.
The Bulldogs began the game scoreless for the first 3:26 and trailed by as many as 10 points but kept plugging away until taking their first lead of the game with 14:57 in the second half en route to a 82-68 win to advance to the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at the St. Pete Times Forum.
"Give South Carolina credit, they started really well," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "They made shots and they beat us in transition a little bit early. But what I like about it is this, we didn't panic. Our team did not panic. We were down 14-4 and there was no paniciness. It's obvious our team has been down a lot this year. We have the potential to score in bunches at times to get back in games."
The Bulldogs (21-12) shot 46.6-percent from the field and knocked down 8-of-15 from behind the arc.
Barry Stewart put State on his back leading all scorers with 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line.
"I just felt it," Stewart said. "Sometimes you just feel it. When the shots are falling you just keep shooting."
With his four treys in the game, Stewart moved ahead of Timmy Bowers into second place on the all-time 3-pointers list with 198 for his career.
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