November 12, 2011

Bulldogs bounce back over South Alabama

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State was upset by Akron Wednesday night by committing too many turnovers and poor shooting.

The Bulldogs had those mistakes corrected by Saturday and was able to win 80-65 over South Alabama even without the services of talented junior Renardo Sidney, who was scratched from the lineup with a groin injury.

"I'm proud of our kids effort and how hard they played," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "We didn't know Sidney wasn't going to play until game time. He was sick and it was after shoot around when we figured it out so we had to play small. We played small against their big players. Most importantly, I was proud of our effort. South Alabama is an athletic team and we had two guys get a lot of rebounds."

MSU (2-1) bounced back to shoot 40.6-percent for the game Saturday and committed only six turnovers. In Wednesday's loss the Bulldogs shot just 34.5-percent and turned the ball over 19 times.

Arnett Moultrie also turned his game around over the three-day span. Wednesday the junior forward just made 2-of-13 shooting but Saturday was able to convert 9-of-16 en route to a career-high 28 points to go along with 13 rebounds.

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