News from MSU Media Relations--Jan. 17

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Basketballand Men's Golf.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Since his return, Dee Bost has wasted little time making an impact.

In three games, the Mississippi State junior point guard is averaging 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds and has dished out 21 assists. But it's what he did in wins against Ole Miss and Auburn that earned him SEC player of the week honors on Monday.

In those two contests, the Concord, N.C., native averaged 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists.

"I'm just trying to make my team better," Bost said. "We've got a lot of work to do, but it's always nice to be recognized for what you do."

It was the first player of the week recognition for Bost. However, two years ago he was named freshman of the week twice.

Mississippi State (10-7, 2-1) doesn't play again until traveling to Georgia on Jan. 22 in a 3 p.m. showdown that will be televised on the SEC Network. Bost enters the game needing 92 points to become the 33rd player in school history to score 1,000 for a career. He also has 365 assists, the sixth most in school history, while his 106 steals rank 21st all-time.

Men's Golf
TARKVILLE, Miss. - A pair of former members of the Mississippi State men's golf team have qualified to play for the 2011 PGA Tour. Michael Connell and Alex Rocha, formerly of Mississippi State, will both compete on the PGA Tour this year and have recently completed play in the first tournament of the year at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Connell, who turned pro in 1998 and was ranked 115th on the money leaders list for the tour last season, recently retained his tour card to remain on this year's tour, while Rocha recently graduated from Q-school by finishing in a tie for 22nd among the other Q-school participants, which earned him his tour card for the first time in his career.

The former Bulldogs both participated in Sony Open in Hawaii this past weekend, Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Connell finished 50th on the opening tour event with a 2-under-par effort, while Rocha finished in a tie for 57th in his first-career PGA Tour event.

"Michael and Alex are the standard that all Mississippi State golfers are measured by, both as collegiate players and professional golfers," said MSU Coach Clay Homan, who is in his eighth season as the Bulldogs head man. "It is exciting to see two players representing Mississippi State on the PGA Tour and they both still keep in touch with the progress of Mississippi State golf which is important."

Connell was a two-year letterman at Mississippi State (1997-98). While at MSU, Connell was a two-year GCAA All-American selection and in 1998 earned GCAA Academic All-American status. Connell was also tabbed as the 1997 SEC Player of the year and was a part of the 1997 SEC Championship team for MSU, which was the last time the Bulldogs were crowned conference champions. Connell was tabbed as a first-team all-SEC selection in both years at State and was Academic all-SEC twice as well. In 1998, Connell competed as an individual at the NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, tying for 23rd. In his collegiate career Connell grabbed six medalist honors in tournament play which is an MSU record, ranks second in the Bulldog record book for career scoring average (73.21) and shot the third-lowest round (64) in MSU history.

Rocha, a native of Brazil, is a four-year letterman for MSU (1997-2000) and has one of the more storied careers in MSU golf history. Rocha was also a two-time GCAA All-American, earning first-team honors in 2000. Rocha was tabbed first-team all-SEC twice (1999-00), in 2000 was named the SEC Player of the year and had a runner-up finish twice at the SEC Championship (1997, 2000) and a third place finish in 1999. Rocha floods the Bulldog record book with four tournament titles in his MSU career. He owns the record for lowest single-year scoring average with a 70.58 in the 2000 season. Rocha also has shot the two lowest rounds in State golf history (62-63) and the lowest tournament total (198). He is second in career rounds played (134) for the Maroon and White and has the lowest career scoring average with a 72.51.

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