Post-Game notes from the MSU-Chattanooga basketball game.
Tonight marked Rick Stansbury's 150th career victory as head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs... In his eighth season at the State helm, Stansbury now owns a career coaching mark of 150-75 (66.7 winning percentage).
The Bulldogs are now 6-2 in season openers during the Rick Stansbury era... Overall, MSU has won 17 of its last 20 basketball season openers dating back to the 1986-87 campaign.
The Bulldogs are now 7-1 in home season openers during the Rick Stansbury era... Overall, Mississippi State has now prevailed in 38 of its last 40 home lid-lifters dating back to the 1966-67 season... One of those home-opening setbacks was an 85-73 loss to Tennessee-Chattanooga during the 1991-92 campaign.
During the Rick Stansbury era (since 1998-99), the Bulldogs are now 80-19 (.808) overall against non-conference competition; 42-3 (.933) versus non-SEC opponents at Humphrey Coliseum; 84-17 (.832) overall at home; and 27-5 (.844) overall in games played during the month of November.
Playing their first three games of the season during a five-day period (Nov. 19-23), the Bulldogs stay at home to play host to the Arkansas State Indians of the Sun Belt Conference Monday night (7 p.m.) at Humphrey Coliseum... MSU then puts its 14-game non-SEC road winning streak, which dates back to Dec. 30, 2000, on the line by playing at Charlotte Wednesday night (Nov. 23).
Arkansas State will mark the first of three Sun Belt Conference teams that MSU will play host to this season... The University of New Orleans and Troy University visit Starkville on Nov. 30 and Dec. 10, respectively.
The 48 points by Chattanooga were the fewest by an MSU opponent since State's 55-48 win over Birmingham-Southern during last year's Coaches vs. Cancer Classic regional championship game in Birmingham... The 48 points were the fewest scored by an MSU foe in Starkville since the Bulldogs claimed a 67-45 home win over Auburn on March 8, 2003.
Freshman swingman Jamont Gordon became the second Bulldog player during the Rick Stansbury era to earn a starting assignment during his collegiate debut... Former McDonald's All-American and all-SEC standout Mario Austin scored 16 points at Cal during the opening round of the 2000 TiVo Preseason NIT in his freshman debut for the Bulldogs.
Making his first career collegiate start, junior swingman Dietric Slater scored a career-high 20 points, bettering his previous best of 11 points at Auburn last season... Slater also grabbed a career-high six rebounds, bettering his previous mark of five boards set eight prior times.
Sophomore forward Charles Rhodes recorded career highs for points (12) and rebounds (8)... Senior center Wesley Morgan matched his career high for rebounds (8) set previously last year versus Georgia during the SEC Tournament.