South Carolina at MSU: Official Game Thread

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Let’s get this thing going. Big, big game for Mississippi State tonight. I guess all of them are big from this point on. South Carolina brings a balanced squad into Humphrey Coliseum, but the star of the team is unquestionably point guard Devan Downey. He leads the team in points and assists and is a big reason the Gamecocks are 3-0 in SEC play in games decided by 2 points or less, including Saturday’s 75-73 win over Alabama.

So, here are the basics:

TV: None.
XM: Channel 199.
Series: MSU leads 11-8.
Last year: MSU, 61-56 (OT) in Columbia.
Coaches: South Carolina – Darrin Horn (129-53, sixth year; 18-5, first year at South Carolina); MSU – Rick Stansbury (224-124, 11th year).
Notes: South Carolina leads the SEC in scoring at 80.2 ppg. … The Gamecocks are second in the SEC in 3-point percentage (38.3); MSU is third (37.3). … Since scoring 17 against Kentucky, MSU’s Ravern Johnson has totaled 16 points over his last three games. … State’s Jarvis Varnado is third in the SEC with a 59.1 percent field goal rate.

Probable starters
South Carolina (18-5, 7-3 SEC)

F – Dominique Archie    6-7    Jr.    11.7 ppg
C – Mike Holmes    6-7    So.    11.3 ppg
G – Devan Downey    5-9    Jr.    19.9 ppg
G – Zam Fredrick    6-0    Sr.    15.6 ppg
G – Sam Muldrow    6-9    So.    6.3 ppg
Top reserves: G Brandis Raley-Ross, F Evaldas Baniulis, F Austin Steed.

Mississippi State (16-9, 6-4)
C – Jarvis Varnado    6-9    Jr.    13.4 ppg
G – Phil Turner    6-3    So.    8.2 ppg
G – Dee Bost    6-2    Fr.    11.0 ppg
G – Barry Stewart    6-3    Jr.    11.4 ppg
G – Ravern Johnson    6-7    So.    12.1 ppg
Top reserves: F Brian Johnson, G Riley Benock, F Romero Osby.

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95 Responses to “South Carolina at MSU: Official Game Thread”

  1. Brad Locke Says:

    Lots of empty seats here. I mean, lots. Dang, people, where you at?

  2. leeearl Says:

    Wish I could be there to support, live too far away for a weekday game….go State!!!

  3. dadwithpride Says:

    Home helpin college student do homework. Sorry

  4. leeearl Says:

    All I see is them making layups and us missing them…

  5. leeearl Says:

    woohoo, 3 by Ravern!

  6. leeearl Says:

    Dang, another layup

  7. cndobbs Says:

    Sorry Brad, have an arch test tomorrow, so I am studying

  8. leeearl Says:

    Dang, another missed layup for us

  9. leeearl Says:

    G’luck with everyone’s test and homework!

    I finished my homework up last night and my daughter’s earlier today…

  10. leeearl Says:

    wow, we can’t make anything….

  11. leeearl Says:

    Can we put someone on Downey, please!

  12. leeearl Says:

    Okay, too much fun here….later

  13. Brad Locke Says:

    It’s 25-20 SC at 7:37/1st half. A battle of the guards so far.

  14. imabulldog Says:

    Sounds like we are playin a lil lazy

  15. leeearl Says:

    At least, JV finally scored….

  16. imabulldog Says:

    And thank goodness for Phil Turner!- Probably our MVP this yr, a lot of people may disagree, but he’s been HUGE this yr

  17. leeearl Says:

    Keep dunking JV!!!

  18. leeearl Says:

    How many layups will we miss!!!!

  19. leeearl Says:

    C’mon Bulldogs!!!

  20. leeearl Says:

    Wow, 3 missed shots in a row and then a foul…

  21. leeearl Says:

    Arky is spanking LSU

  22. leeearl Says:

    We need to regroup with this TO…

  23. leeearl Says:

    Finally made a layup

  24. imabulldog Says:

    Sounds like they are scoring pretty easy on some shots inside, JV better get after it, throw that junk in the stands boy!

  25. leeearl Says:

    yep, I’ve seen too many easy layups seemingly

  26. imabulldog Says:

    you are right leearl, 26-9 Arky

  27. leeearl Says:

    LSU couldn’t keep this up the rest of the season….we need this win tonight big time, of course we need all wins now…

  28. leeearl Says:

    USC has 9 fouls in the 1st half, that could be to our benefit, especially if we can get some inside guys with 3 going into the half…

  29. leeearl Says:

    31-33 UT/Ole Miss

  30. leeearl Says:

    Dang, is BL at this game? What type of layups are we missing?

  31. leeearl Says:

    Kodi is in and scores…

  32. Brad Locke Says:

    Yeah, I’m here. Missed a couple of gimmes.

  33. leeearl Says:

    They’ve gotten too many 2nd chance baskets…

  34. imabulldog Says:

    Twanee sucks

  35. leeearl Says:

    Double bonus for us

  36. imabulldog Says:

    oh never mind, he can make a lay up

  37. Brad Locke Says:

    Well, Twany Beckham blew a wide-open layup, but he came back and hit his next one. 37-33 SC at the half.

  38. leeearl Says:

    Tks for the update….it could be worse with our shooting…

  39. leeearl Says:

    Man, I wish we’d come out the 2nd half like the last Arky game….

  40. imabulldog Says:

    Saw where Ark-LSU game is like a 10 pt game

  41. imabulldog Says:

    This is it. If I guys want any kind of invite, it starts in that locker room right now

  42. leeearl Says:

    yeah, LSU can just flat-out play…hate we lost that game…which made us lose to Auburn, IMO…

  43. leeearl Says:

    Auby beating Georgia by 20…

  44. leeearl Says:

    We lose tonight and we’re tied for 2nd in the West with Auby, and of course they’ve got us head-to-head…

  45. Brad Locke Says:

    OK, halftime stats, starting with MSU:
    • Turner 9 points, 7 rebounds
    • Bost 8 points, 2 assists
    • Ravern Johnson 7 points
    • Varnado 4 points
    MSU has hit 12 of 34 FG, 2 of 9 from 3-point range.

    South Carolina:
    • Fredrick 8 points
    • Downey 7 points, 3 assists, 4 turnovers
    • Holmes 6 points
    • Raley-Ross 6 points
    SC is shooting 14 of 32, 0 of 6 from deep.

  46. Brad Locke Says:

    Oh, and Downey is 3 of 10 shooting. Bost doing a pretty good job on him.

  47. imabulldog Says:

    Glad USC hasn’t heated up from 3 land (jinx)

  48. Brad Locke Says:

    An 8-1 MSU run to start the second half, and the Bulldogs have their first lead since 2-0, with Ravern Johnson’s 3-pointer putting them up 41-38. SC calls time at 17:23/2nd half.

  49. leeearl Says:

    Sweetah!

  50. imabulldog Says:

    I love Stanz, but he sure as heck hasn’t coached our team how play with a LEAD. He’s gotta tell them to chill, stop rushin shots,etc.

  51. imabulldog Says:

    LSU-ARK, 1 pt game 42-41

  52. imabulldog Says:

    BOST hardly ever misses free throws

  53. Brad Locke Says:

    We’re at 10:54/2nd half, State leads 50-49.

  54. leeearl Says:

    Go State!!!!! Two dunks in a row!!

  55. imabulldog Says:

    Arky up 9

  56. imabulldog Says:

    Gotta step on the gas- a run away with this one

  57. leeearl Says:

    Why in the heck is Os shooting a 3?!

  58. leeearl Says:

    Foul this Holmes guy out….

  59. leeearl Says:

    Okay, Barry, you are NOT on tonight, quit shooting the ball!

  60. mathistondawg Says:

    Ole Miss is killing tennessee

  61. imabulldog Says:

    Ole miss up by 15 on UT

  62. Brad Locke Says:

    Not something you see every day: three offensive rebounds by State on one possession. It’s 65-63 Bulldogs with 2:59 to go.

  63. imabulldog Says:

    beat me to mathiston 🙂

  64. leeearl Says:

    Great, c’mon State!!!!

  65. leeearl Says:

    Need this one!!!!

  66. imabulldog Says:

    the official in the OM game just called a Tech on Prince for flopping, never seen that call before, but hey in Oxford, i’ve seen worse 🙂

  67. leeearl Says:

    Take it inside and foul these guys out!

  68. imabulldog Says:

    Whats the crowd like BL? SAD PAD has a SAD crowd, but hey fixin to beat UT

  69. imabulldog Says:

    LIKE I SAID…PHIL TURNER BABY!!!!! HUGE

  70. Brad Locke Says:

    More offensive rebounding, Turner’s 3-pointer makes it 70-65 State, :47 left.

  71. leeearl Says:

    C’mon State, hold on!!!

  72. imabulldog Says:

    Hold on dawgs!

  73. leeearl Says:

    Please win…wait, why am I begging 🙂

  74. leeearl Says:

    hit these free throws

  75. leeearl Says:

    C’mon State!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. buzzardroostus Says:

    Phil Turner without a doubt is player of the game. Finally, getting some rebounds.

  77. leeearl Says:

    Please, no Downey heroics….

  78. imabulldog Says:

    WRAP IT!

  79. leeearl Says:

    Hang in there, now…

  80. leeearl Says:

    C’mon Barry!

  81. Brad Locke Says:

    That’s it, MSU wins 75-70. Big win.

  82. leeearl Says:

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!

  83. Brad Locke Says:

    Attendance: 6,894.

  84. leeearl Says:

    Huge!!!

  85. cndobbs Says:

    Good win tonight, hate that I missed it due to a stupid test. Hope we can continue it against the Bammers.

  86. leeearl Says:

    Definitely need a 2-0 week!

  87. leeearl Says:

    Have a good night, everyone!

  88. leeearl Says:

    Dang, LSU pulls it out…

  89. mathistondawg Says:

    I must say I am very surprised at our intensity tonight. Very proud of the dogs. This is a big win, and I think we are finally peaking – at the right time as well. However, we are going to have to win the SEC tourney to be considered for the dance. BUT – I think we can do it if we keep this up.

  90. leeearl Says:

    we win out and play the SEC tourney final game…win or lose, we’re in…my opinion of course….

    One last note about tonights game:

    Phil Turner: 6 steals 16 pts 14 reb….outstanding

  91. maxdawg Says:

    State peaks and LSU hits bottom. State wins Tournament. Play with fire like tonight and they could.

  92. imabulldog Says:

    Phil Turner MVP this yr, oops sorry, already said that.

    Best hustler we got

  93. imabulldog Says:

    Thats a terrible crowd. How do people in Starkville alone-not fill up that place?

  94. midnightdawg Says:

    do you read your own blog ima? think we’re on the same page. i ask that question because THE SKY IS FALLING. not everyone knows it yet, but it’s true. anyone tried to buy bb’s lately???? nearly 7K attendence is awesome!

  95. imabulldog Says:

    I guess 7,000 aint that bad…just think it should be fuller thats all.

    I turned in early last night Midnight, tired 🙂

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