Hoops: MSU 76, Alabama State 67

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Mississippi State fought off Alabama State this afternoon for a 76-67 win at Humphrey Coliseum. Jarvis Varnado had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 blocks for the Bulldogs (6-2). Ravern Johnson scored 21, and Dee Bost added 10.

State led 38-37 at halftime.

“For the first time all year, I didn’t think we played with the energy, the sharpness – mentally, physically – in any area,” coach Rick Stansbury said.

Alabama State’s 7-foot-1 center, Chief Kickingstallionsims, scored only two of his 12 points in the second half. MSU was out-rebounded 17-14 in the first half but won that battle in the second half, 23-12. State shot 50 percent from the floor; ASU hit 43.5 percent.

“We didn’t come out at our best. It showed in the way we played,” Johnson said. “We turned it up eventually, but we can’t do this against real good teams.”

Andrew Hayles led Alabama State (1-5) with 16 points.

MSU returns to action Wednesday against Charlotte. Tipoff at the Hump is 6 p.m.

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9 Responses to “Hoops: MSU 76, Alabama State 67”

  1. thespear Says:

    kickingstallionsims…….
    hmm, thats a new one!

  2. darkcooger Says:

    He’s got Navajo in his blood. I understand he’s pretty good.

  3. bulldognark82 Says:

    has anyone heard anything about an announcement when the sec championship is over?

  4. leeearl Says:

    Lucky to get a win tonight against a very crappy team, hope we don’t play this type of game the rest of the year….JV and RJ continue to shine…

  5. Tom Says:

    Barry Stewart seems to be picking up where he left off last year. I was hoping he’d step it up shoot the ball this year. He has been in a lull for 3 games now. At least I hope it is a mere lull.

  6. farley662 Says:

    Hey Tom! How are things down your way?

  7. leeearl Says:

    Tom, I’m with ya, I figured since Barry doesn’t have any point guard responsibilities with a solid Dee/Twaney combo he’d be lighting it up, but so far, that’s not the case….

  8. imabulldog Says:

    I have Indian Blood myself. My mom wanted to name me…

    Onewhokickalotindawomb, not really, but I do have Indian blood (Cherokee)

  9. darkcooger Says:

    Man, the 97-25 butt-whoopin’ dished out by the ladies today… Wow. Ouch. I hope nobody goes home crying over that one.

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