January 18, 2012

SEC road woes continue

OXFORD, Miss., - Before Wednesday's game Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury acknowledges how tough it is to win on the road in the Southeastern Conference.

That inclination became reality as the 15th ranked Bulldogs fell victim on the road at rival Ole Miss 75-68, the Rebels first win at home in the series since 2008.

"Give Ole Miss credit, I thought they played extremely well," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "They spurted out early in the game and we kind of fought from behind all night long. We just never really got over the hump."

Junior forward Reginald Buckner had a career night for Ole Miss with 19 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and no fouls in 37 minutes of action. Buckner was 8-of-10 from the field helping the Rebels improve to 12-6 on the year and evening their SEC mark at 2-2.

"I thought Reggie was tremendous," said UM head coach Andy Kennedy. "He was obviously the difference in the game. For him to play 37 minutes and be as dominant as he was not only scoring a career-high 19 points. He was 3-of-10 from the free throw line and left some opportunities there but I thought he was tremendous. He gave us a great presence at the basket defensively and rebounded for us."

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