November 16, 2011

Bulldogs tested early on

Mississippi State went down in defeat in just the second game of the season to Akron last week.

But the Bulldogs were able to bounce back in a big way just three days later without star center Renardo Sidney by playing small and pulled out a 25-point victory over South Alabama.

"We've lost one game that we would have liked to have won against a very good Akron team,"said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "Give Akron a lot of credit. They were pretty good and we weren't very good. I think my biggest thing my first two games was that I didn't have my backup point guard DeVille Smith. We played three games in about six days and I think that game against Akron that depth really hurt us."

Smith returned for his first extended playing time of the season playing 19 minutes, dishing out four assists and scoring two points. Most importantly though he was able to relived Dee Bost at point guard and allow him to free up some at the two.

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