January 29, 2011

Bulldogs upset No. 24 Florida

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State only had four starters score and had no points off the bench but still managed to find a way to upset No. 24 Florida 71-64 on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs overcame a tough loss to Vanderbilt in the waning moments Thursday night with the huge victory a day and a half later.

"I'm awful proud of our guys not just because we got the victory," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "I was really proud of the way we played Thursday night but I was disappointed we didn't win the game. But what I was really proud of in this one was the way we had to win it. After Thursday night's game I don't think anybody anywhere gave us a chance here today. We bounced back in 36 hours and did it against I guess the best team in the SEC. Our kids deserve a lot of credit to be able to do that."

After the Gators took a 63-62 lead with 5:40 to play, MSU held Florida without a field goal for the final 5:40 of the game going on a 9-1 run to end the contest. During that span the Gators missed five free throws.

"That was certainly a huge part of the game," said Florida head coach Billy Donovan. "The difference in the game really was the free throw line for us."

State shot 40.7-percent from the field for the game, hit eight 3-pointers and only turned the ball over eight times.

Dee Bost led the Bulldogs in scoring with 24 points and only one turnover in 38 minutes on the floor. Bost shot 8-of-14 on the day including 4-of-8 from behind the arc as well as dishing out five assists.


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