Mississippi State (7-0), playing possibly their best half of the year in the second half of last night's game, defeated Richmond (3-2), 71-57."> Mississippi State (7-0), playing possibly their best half of the year in the second half of last night's game, defeated Richmond (3-2), 71-57.">

MISSISSIPPI STATE DEFEATS RICHMOND 71-57

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/coaches/basketball/stansbury120-158.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="158"> Mississippi State (7-0), playing possibly their best half of the year in the second half of last night's game, defeated Richmond (3-2), 71-57.

After falling behind 32-28 in the first half, MSU came out in the second half and saw Richmond take a six-point lead before they came roaring back to outscore Richmond 43 to 25 in the second half.

"I really felt fortunate that we were only down by four at halftime," said MSU Coach Rick Stansbury. "In the first half we got Ignerski in foul trouble and that hurt us." However, coach Stansbury noted the improved play of his team in the second half, "I thought our players made some adjustments at halftime on both ends of the court. We were the most poised, confident team going down the stretch. We controlled both ends of the court."

For the second straight game, Marckell Patterson and Mario Austin scored 14 points apiece to lead a quartet of State players in double figures. Mario Austin also added a team-leading 10 rebounds. Derrick Zimmerman added 13 points and a team-leading seven assists for the Bulldogs, while senior Michael Gholar scored 11 points.

Coach Stansbury commented on the play of junior point guard Derrick Zimmerman. "He controlled the game, offensively, for us. He had 13 points, 7 assists and 2 turnovers. I thought he didn't attempt to do too much tonight."

He also made note of the Mississippi State fans in attendance at the game. "We had a great crowd here from Washington, D.C. We heard our fans as much as they heard their fans in the second half. We appreciate all of our fans."

Richmond was led in scoring by Tony Dobbins with 16 points. The only other Richmond player in double figures was Eric Zwayer with 13 points.

Mississippi State shot 54.2 percent from the field, while Richmond shot 36.2 percent.

Mississippi State will return to action this Saturday when they host Sun Belt Conference foe Arkansas State at Humphrey Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 2:00.

Coach Stansbury talked about the importance of being back at the Hump and playing in front of the home crowd against a very good Arkansas State team. "We need a great crowd Saturday because Arkansas State will be the best team we have faced this season."


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