"We were very fortunate to get this win tonight. It was a very hard fought college basketball game. I was very impressed - and I said this all along to anyone who was willing to listen - with how good Mississippi State is. They are a very talented team that will win a lot of games. But, I was very impressed with our guys and how they fought back after losing such a big lead in the first half. I felt like we had some control and were playing the game at our pace. But giving guys like Timmy Bowers and Lawrence Roberts second opportunities raised their level of play. Mississippi State got very physical at the end."
How is this Mississippi State team compare to last year's Mississippi State team?
"I think they may be better in some areas, although Derrick Zimmerman and Mario Austin were pretty talented players. I liked the way they played together. They didn't fold and kept their poise. A guy like (Gary) Ervin can push the ball up the courts and gives them a lot of energy. He was a big key in the first half getting back them into the game with his aggressiveness on Cliff (Hawkins) and with Gerald (Fitch). He did a really good job of getting up in people's faces and pushing the ball up the court in transition and getting some good looks."
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