Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury talked about his team's 64-54 victory over the LSU Tigers. MSU is now 14-1 on the season and 3-1 in SEC play, while LSU is now 12-2 and 2-1 in the SEC. The loss was LSU's first home loss this season."> Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury talked about his team's 64-54 victory over the LSU Tigers. MSU is now 14-1 on the season and 3-1 in SEC play, while LSU is now 12-2 and 2-1 in the SEC. The loss was LSU's first home loss this season.">

Rick Stansbury talks about his team's victory

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/coaches/basketball/stansbury-action.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="161"> Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury talked about his team's 64-54 victory over the LSU Tigers. MSU is now 14-1 on the season and 3-1 in SEC play, while LSU is now 12-2 and 2-1 in the SEC. The loss was LSU's first home loss this season.

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Reasons he had concern about the LSU game.
"This was a game we were really concerned about not just because it was against a very talented LSU team but a game that was after what happened to us Tuesday night (one-point home loss to Kentucky)."

The lesson his team learned from the game.
"If there was ever a lesson to be learned, let it be learned right here: How important it is to always understand the situation and never quit believing. We know that Tuesday night ripped our hearts out, but it tells you so much about this team's character for them to have the mental ability to put that behind them and come down here and win this basketball game."

His team's gameplan against LSU.
"I made a decision to go with a different lineup for several reasons. The reasons were obvious. Our thinking was we were going on the road and we needed energy after Tuesday's game. We made the decision to play some zone which does not require as much energy and movement. We were going to take away (Jaime) Lloreda and (Brandon) Bass. We were going to let them (try and) beat us threes. It worked. In the first half, they had one offensive rebound. That is a concern you have when playing in a zone. We felt like they would miss some shots, but could we keep Lloreda and Bass off those backboards. Branden Vincent and Lawrence Roberts and the rest of the guys were unbelievable on the backboards."

Why he changed from zone to man late in the game.
"(LSU) got on a roll and got in a rhythm offensively and scored to take the lead. At that point, that is a bad time to change defenses, especially when you have played zone for 30 minutes. But we talked about how we had to come out and give us some energy. We found a way to do that. I think we went on something like an 8 to 2 run."

His team's defensive effort in the first half.
"It was totally defensive in the first half. We missed a lot of shots offensively. We had a chance to really stretch it out the last seven minutes of the first half, but I don't think we scored the last seven minutes of the first half. But we didn't allow them to score but 15 in the first half. There was no offensive boards they scored on. We gave up one transition basket but we got a foul in that. So we took away all of their easy baskets in the first half. It was all about defense in the first half."

LSU's second half run and his team's response to it.
"They got in a rhythm and knocked down some three-point shots. We knew they were going on a roll eventually, but you have to keep you poise and keep believing in each other. But, you have to keep that offensive toughness, too. I thought we had some offensive toughness when they took that lead. Timmy Bowers, Lawrence (Roberts) and Gary (Ervin) game that to us. Gary gave us 6 points during a huge stretch that allowed us to stretch it back out."

His thoughts about the MSU fans who were at the game.
"We had a lot of MSU fans at the game today. We appreciate that because it means so much to our team."


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