News from MSU Media Relations--March 6

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Men's Golf
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Mississippi State fired a second round 2-over par 290 on Monday at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Fla. The Bulldogs slipped a notch to fifth place after 36 holes of competition. The Florida State-hosted event will conclude on Tuesday at the par-72 Eagle Country Club course.

Junior Josh Oller produced State's low-round of the day, firing a 3-under par 69 to move in to the top-20 on the individual leaderboard. The Brandon, Miss. native rebounded from Sunday's round of 76. Freshman Noah Goldman continued his steady play with an even-par round of 72 on Monday. The Longwood, Fla. product stands at 1-under and in a tie for 11th heading into the final round. Freshman Matt Fast posted MState's second even-par round of 72. Fast is currently 26th after two days of competition. Logan Young finalized MSU's scoring with a 77.

East Tennessee State will take a five-shot advantage in to the final round over Coastal Carolina. ETSU is at 16-under, while CCU is at 11-under. MSU is just five strokes out of the top-three in the team standings.

ETSU's Dustin Johnson continues to lead the individual race after carding a second round 67 on Monday.

The Maroon and White will close out the Seminole Intercollegiate starting at 8 a.m. C.T. on Tuesday.


Baseball
STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Mississippi State climbed two spots to No. 6 in this week's Baseball America national rankings, the Bulldogs' highest baseball ranking since MSU's 1998 College World Series edition finished ranked sixth.

The Bulldogs (6-0), now more than halfway through a season-opening 11-game homestand, play host to Louisiana Tech (5-7) Tuesday and Louisiana-Monroe (0-13) Wednesday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. for both contests. State closes out its early run of games at Dudy Noble Field this weekend, entertaining Pac-10 Conference power Arizona in the three-game Cadence Bank Classic.

Georgia Tech (13-0), riding a nation-leading 13-game winning streak, stands atop the Baseball America poll. Clemson is second followed by No. 3 Rice, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 5 Tennessee and No. 6 Mississippi State. MSU, Georgia Tech and Bowling Green State are the only remaining unbeaten teams among the clubs that have opened their 2006 season. Five other SEC teams are also included in this week's Baseball America poll - No. 9 South Carolina, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 13 Louisiana State, No. 15 Florida and No. 19 Mississippi.

Mississippi State also made its season debut at No. 18 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper ranking, which also ranks Georgia Tech as the No. 1 team. Collegiate Baseball, based in Tuscon, Ariz., includes nine SEC teams in its top 30.

Junior righthander Jon Crosby of Germantown, Tenn., who worked an inning of relief last weekend in MSU's series sweep of Arkansas State, is set to make his seasonal starting debut Tuesday against Louisiana Tech. LTU has designated senior righty Matt Lacy (1-0, 2.89) as its starter. Another Memphis area pitcher, freshman Matt Lea of Collierville, Tenn., will make his collegiate pitching debut in MSU's Wednesday afternoon game with Louisiana-Monroe.

MSU's No. 6 ranking is its highest since the 1998 MSU edition finished ranked sixth following a successful run to the NCAA College World Series.


Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Jamont Gordon has become the season's first four-time recipient of the SEC Freshman of the Week honor, as announced Monday by the league office headquartered in Birmingham.

Gordon averaged 17.0 points, 7.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game last week for coach Rick Stansbury's 15-14 Bulldogs. Last Wednesday at Arkansas, Gordon totaled 17 points, seven assists and three rebounds in MSU's 80-70 loss to the Razorbacks. The southpaw swingman then followed with a team-high 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds in State's 71-58 home triumph over Alabama this past Saturday, in addition to helping limit Crimson Tide standout guard Ronald Steele to just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field.

Heading back to his hometown of Nashville this week for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament to be played at the Gaylord Entertainment Center, Gordon enters Thursday's first-round contest against South Carolina needing just two more assists to break Rich Knarr's freshman season school record of 127 assists set in 1972-73. Gordon also begins postseason tournament play with a current string of 11 consecutive games scoring in double figures.

For the season, Gordon ranks 11th nationally among the NCAA's top freshmen scorers (13.9 ppg), 15th in rebounding (6.6 rpg), 13th in assists (4.3 apg) and 17th in minutes played (32.9 mpg). He joins Louisiana-Lafayette senior Dwayne Mitchell as the only two players in NCAA Division I men's basketball currently averaging at least 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest on the season. Within the SEC for all games, Gordon stands 12th among the league's scoring leaders, ninth in rebounding, sixth in assists and 10th in minutes. For conference games only, the former second-team PARADE All-American at Oak Hill Academy finished the regular season ranked 14th in scoring (14.1 ppg), eighth in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and second behind South Carolina's Tre' Kelley in assists (5.1 apg).

Entering this week's SEC Tournament action leading all SEC freshmen in scoring average, Gordon has scored in double figures in 25 of 29 games for the Bulldogs and has been the team's leading scorer or co-leader a team-most 12 times on the year. The lone MSU player to have started all 29 games this season also stands second in assists and third in rebounding among the league's top freshmen players for all games.

Gordon is bidding to become the first Bulldog freshman to lead Mississippi State in scoring at season's end since former NBA forward/center Rickey Brown (1976-77). The 6-foot-4-inch, 225-pound Gordon is also presently posting the highest rebounding average by a State rookie since current Dallas Mavericks center Erick Dampier (1993-94).

Surpassing three-time SEC Freshman of the Week recipients Tyrus Thomas of LSU and Alabama's Richard Hendrix with this week's recognition, Gordon previously claimed the league's rookie honor for the weeks of Jan. 30-Feb. 5, Dec. 19-25 and Nov. 28-Dec. 4.


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