November 17, 2008

Bulldogs make it two in a row

STARKVILLE, Miss., - A barrage of 3-pointers rained down for the Mississippi State Bulldogs Monday night during the first six minutes of their game with Louisiana-Monroe.

The Bulldogs drained five treys including three by freshman point guard Dee Bost to build a 15-4 lead and never looked back. MSU went on to claim the 78-49 victory to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

"We just made shots," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury[/d]. "They played zone and we just jumped up and made some shots early. But you can't live by shooting deep three's against the zone."

It did not hurt matters that [db]Jarvis Varnado was in the paint for the Bulldogs. The reigning National Defensive Player of the Year rejected nine shots in the first half to go along with 11 rebounds for the game.

"You know how mine is, I just try to wait until they go up and then I go get it," Varnado said. "Nothing has changed."

Varnado's nine blocks were the most ever by a State player in one half of basketball. He finished the evening with nine after the Warhawks stayed clear of the 6-foot-9 center in the second half.

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