February 6, 2009

Another Bulldog leads the country

Move over Jarvis.

Mississippi State is used to having Jarvis Varnado leading the country in blocked shots but now another Bulldog has joined him atop the nation.

Sophomore swingman Ravern Johnson tops the country in 3-point percentage draining 49.2-percent of his shots from the outside.

"I knew that I could accomplish something like that," Johnson said. "I've been shooting real good since high school. They didn't keep percentage in high school. Coming here, I just worked a lot over the summer and basically knocking down shots is what I do for the team."

The 6-foot-7, 175-pounder from Lyon, Miss., has hit on 58 of his 118 attempts this season. Johnson has already tied a single-game school record this season with 14 treys against Western Kentucky. That night he made 6-of-7 behind the arc setting another game with a 85.7 shooting percentage.

In fact, Johnson shoots better from 3-point range than he does inside it. He shots 45.3-percent from the floor.

With the Bulldogs still very much alive in the race for the Southeastern Conference Western Division crown, Johnson knows they cannot afford another slip up at home like they had last weekend dropping a 67-63 decision to Ole Miss.

"We can't let another game at home slip away from us," Johnson said. "We are going to have to come out and if we get a big lead then we are going to have to keep the lead. We have to play a little bit more under control and just play to win."

But the Bulldogs found a way to bounce back after that tough loss by taking it to Kentucky 66-57 at Rupp Arena on Tuesday.

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