November 22, 2008

Bulldogs topple Fairleigh Dickinson, 84-58

STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State Bulldogs are not only 4-0 to start the season, they have yet to trail in any of those contests.

Their latest triumph came Saturday night with a convincing 84-58 win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the second round of the Legends Classic in front of 6,004 at Humphrey Coliseum.

"Our kids are playing extremely hard," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "Some areas we are getting better in. We've just got to continue to improve in all the little things to be the kind of team we need to be and to be able to win on the road."

The Bulldogs have held all four opponents to 61 points or fewer this season and have not trailed in 160 minutes of action.

MSU shot 50.8-percent from the floor and hit 37.5-percent from behind the arc as well as 53.6-percent from the charity stripe.

Jarvis Varnado set the all-time school record for blocked shots in a career previously held by Erick Dampier during the first half of the contest. With seven swats on the evening, Varnado now has 255 for his career and leads the country with 31.

"It's a great accomplishment," Varnado said. "Erick Dampier was one of the greatest to play at Mississippi State so it's an honor just to break it. I just thank God everyday. I wouldn't be here without Him."

Varnado also notched his ninth career double-double posting 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs in both categories.

Barry Stewart finished with 12 points followed by Ravern Johnson with 11.

There was one statistic that Stansbury was not pleased with. The Knights outrebounded State 50-45 on the night.

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