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MSU Players Talk About Their Victory

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/basketball/timmybowers-mug.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="159"> Mississippi State basketball players talked about their 90-74 victory over the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks.

Pictured: Timmy Bowers

TIMMY BOWERS (17 pts, 5 rebs, 7 assists, 33 minutes)

They gave you guys a pretty good test.
"They are a pretty good team. They pretty much shoot anything that they catch. We came out in the second half and tried to set the tone."

You seemed to eventually wear them down in the second half.
"That's one of the things we kind of focus on. We have to be the better shaped team on the floor. We try to run until the other team gets tired."

While they were playing you close, did you think back to the first game of last year where an underdog came in and beat you?
"That definitely crossed my mind when the score was 32-31 and they were up. I was thinking about last year when the same thing happened with Louisiana-Lafayette."

You had three guys score in double digits tonight, you, Lawrence Roberts and Marcus Campbell. There are a lot of weapons on this team.
"We have a lot of offensive weapons on the team. Anytime you have guys like Lawrence and Marcus down there, it is always a plus for your team. Frazier didn't shoot that well but he is capable. Shane Power played well."

How much of Gary's game have we seen?
"I think he has a lot of game to show. You saw his penetration ability and his ability to pass the basketball. The one thing you haven't seen is his jump shot. He can really shoot it, but he just hasn't shown it yet."

GARY ERVIN (6 pts, 3 rebs, 5 assists, 2 steals, 22 minutes)

Is pushing the ball up the court your kind of mentality?
"Whenever I'm in and there is a rebound or baskets are scored or missed, I'm going to push the ball and try to get my teammates open right away. When we run as a team I don't think there will be that many teams that can run with us."

They ran with you most of the night. Did they ever get tired?
"I think a couple of times they did. At the end of the second half we went on a little run. We went on a 8-0 run and they started to get fatigue."

Is running up and down the court the kind of offensive game you want to run?
"Oh yeah, this is perfect for the guys."

Coach Stansbury said you still have a lot of offensive game to show. Do you agree with that?
"I have a lot more game to show. This was the first game of the season and a lot of people haven't seen a lot. I'll wait my turn. I'll make open shots but I'm not going to force anything because I know the type team we have. We have Tim (Bowers), Lawrence (Roberts) and a couple other guys like (Winsome) Frazier."

Was it good to get that first one out of the way?
"I have been talking about it. Everybody has been calling me from New York, Atlanta, talking about this being my first game."

MARCUS CAMPBELL (17 pts, 10 rebs, 4 blocks, 26 minutes)

Including the two exhibitions and this game, you have really been consistent. Is this the Marcus Campbell everybody was hoping to see when you first signed?
"I have to say thanks to my coaching staff. They have been trying hard to make me very, very consistent on everything that I do."

Coach Stansbury mentioned that you probably had your best week of practice. What was the reason for that, the two exhibition games?
"No, it was just time for me to step up and accept my role, which is to play hard every night."

How did it feel to get your first double-double?
"It felt good, but it feels even better to win."

Can you and Lawrence build on what you have going right now?
"Of course. We play good together. (Lawrence) is very strong and very athletic. He creates double teams, which helps me out. If I'm on a roll, I create double teams that helps him out. As long as we both keep playing hard, I see good things happening for us."

This was a real up and down the court game. With you being such a big guy, were you able to handle it ok?
"Oh, I'm well prepared. We get well prepared for the running game. Coach has seen something in us this year as far as being a running team. Because of that, we have been really preparing ourselves, running-wise."

Do you enjoy the running game?
"Oh yeah, it is really fun, it is fun when you are in shape. When you are not in shape, it's not fun."

LAWRENCE ROBERTS (26 pts, 15 rebs, 2 steals, 33 minutes)

How close do you think this team is to getting the depth you need to compete in the SEC?
"Right now, we still have a little ways to come, but I think, once SEC starts, we will be right where we need to be."

You had 15 rebounds and 26 points. Is that what MSU fans can expect from you?
"Most definitely. They can expect me to come out and play hard and do anything to help the team win."

Have you ever played with someone as big as Marcus Campbell who has such a good offensive game?
"I've never played with a seven-footer who attacks the inside. As far as playing with him, that kind of opens up the floor and gives good looks for everybody else."

Is the transition game you played today what you enjoy playing?
"Oh yeah, we want to run. What doesn't want to get out there and run the floor. With this team, I think we can really do that. We have some really quick guys who come off the bench."

The only negative in your game were your 8 turnovers. What was the reason for so many turnovers?
"It was more or less me trying to find an open guy in the zone instead of trying to attack it."

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