Hoops: MSU 78, La.-Monroe 49

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The Bulldogs rolled tonight, jumping out to a 17-4 lead. Jarvis Varnado had nine blocks in the first half, one shy of the school record he set last year, but he had none in the second half. He had 11 rebounds and 2 points.

Barry Stewart led MSU with  17 points. Dee Bost had 14, Kodi Augustus 12 and Ravern Johnson 10.

Starkville native Jarvis Hill had 19 points to lead ULM.

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7 Responses to “Hoops: MSU 78, La.-Monroe 49”

  1. carwwest Says:

    glad to hear we won like we are supposed to against lesser talent…i saw they completely dominated their offensive boards in the first half, what was that about??…

    ok going to ask this just because i dont know a ton about basketball, but when we are facing these easier opponents, should we be trying to get varnado more offensive stuff down low to prepare him for conference play, or are we more of a perimeter shooting team this year??…i saw he only had 4 shots…i know it has been said we are going to be a faster up and down the court in transition team this year but i was just wondering….not judging, just asking….

  2. Brad Locke Says:

    I just posted some postgame quotes, and one of them by Stansbury addresses Varnado’s offense. As for the rebounding, Stansbury said his guards need to stop racing the other way off Varnado’s blocks.

    Stansbury: “I didn’t have to talk about anything else (at halftime). We didn’t have to talk about shooting, not getting the ball inside the zone, because none of that matters right there, because if you keep them off the backboards, instead of being up 12 or 13, you’re up 20.”

  3. 2thdoc Says:

    There are alot of weapons this year and Varnado will get some points but plays his role well. I have been really surprised the first two games how well they play together being so young and not having to run everything through Gordon will be a plus. A lot of athletes that can run and Bailey looks alot quicker this year when he comes in. Dee Bost is the real deal and doesn’t turn the ball over so when Beckham is healthy it will be hard for him to get back any minutes on Bost. Phil Turner is still the most inconsistent in my opinion. First real tests will be Washington State and especially Pitt.

  4. darkcooger Says:

    I like to see the points spread around like that. It suggests to me that we’ve got a lot of good teamwork going on, with nobody trying to glorify themselves (*coughGordoncough*). If that’s true and it persists all season, these Dawgs are going to be tough. It looks like we might be in for a few great years of basketball!

    Go Dawgs!

  5. leeearl Says:

    Two great points I saw within the posts:

    “As for the rebounding, Stansbury said his guards need to stop racing the other way off Varnado’s blocks.” Our young kids don’t know how to react yet to the shot-blocking of Varnado yet, but we’ll get it….just kinda run away for the fast break after the block and leave him high-n’-dry for now….

    “not having to run everything through Gordon will be a plus.”
    You hit the nail on the head, BIG TIME! I loved watching Jamont play, don’t get me wrong, but everyone will play to there full potential and talent capabilities with him gone on the offensive side…I think it’s going to be a surprising year….

  6. leeearl Says:

    …i saw they completely dominated their offensive boards in the first half, what was that about??…

    Yep, a little concern, but Rick put a fire under their booties at the half and we ended up with more Defensive rebounds than their combined total….

  7. carwwest Says:

    yeah i saw that lee, it was def a tale of two halves in the game…

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