TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Mississippi State fired a second-straight 2-over par 290 in the final round of the Seminole Intercollegiate and maintained its fifth-place standing to conclude the 54-hole Florida State-hosted event on Tuesday. State has now run a string of six consecutive top-10 finishes dating back to the Memphis Intercollegiate last fall.
MSU freshman Noah Goldman carded the Bulldog's low-round of the day with a 4-under par 68, a new season-low for the Longwood, Fla. native. Goldman's tournament scorecard included rounds of 71-72-68 (211, -5) to finish a season-best fourth in the individual standings. Freshman Carlos Sainz, Jr. also registered an under-par round at 1-under par 71. Sainz, Jr. finished the tournament in a tie for 30th alongside teammates Josh Oller and Matt Fast. Fast tallied a 75 on the final day, while Oller concluded with a 76 to finish up State's scorecard. As a team, the Maroon and White posted eight of 15 rounds at par or better during the three-day event.
"We're real pleased with how we played this week," said MSU head coach Clay Homan. "Noah (Goldman) played extremely well and finished fourth. I think everyone in the line up played well at different time this week."
Coastal Carolina, who trailed East Tennessee State by five strokes heading in to the final day, posted a tournament-total 13-under par to claim the team title. The Wolfpack of North Carolina State took home runner up honors, while North Carolina and East Tennessee State round out the top-four squads.
MState finished ahead of four Southeast District teams participating in the field – UAB, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Central Florida.
N.C. State's Stephen Lewton won the individual title in a playoff with Coastal Carolina's Dustin Johnson, who led the event from start to finish.
"Hopefully, we can build off this heading in to next week to defend our title at South Alabama," added Homan.
State returns to the course on Monday, March 13, at the South Alabama Classic in Mobile, Ala. The Bulldogs will defend their title from a year ago at USA-hosted event. This year's tournament will be held at Herron Lakes Country Club.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State freshman standout Jamont Gordon has received his first national honor of the postseason, as the Bulldog guard/forward has been named to this year's CollegeInsider.com Freshmen All-America Team.
The current SEC Freshman of the Week for the league-high fourth time this season, Gordon is one of only three Southeastern Conference freshmen featured on CollegeInsider.com's 25-man team listing. The talented rookie tandem of Tyrus Thomas and Tasmin Mitchell from the SEC Champion LSU Tigers also made the list. Eastern Washington's Rodney Stuckey was named the website's National Freshman of the Year by a vote of NCAA Division I coaches with final selections made by CollegeInsider.com's senior staff.
A native of Nashville heading back to his hometown for this week's SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, Gordon begins postseason play ranked 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 year.
Entering Thursday's first-round SEC Tournament contest against South Carolina needing just two assists to break Rich Knarr's freshman season school record of 127 assists set in 1972-73, Gordon stands 12th among the SEC's overall scoring leaders, ninth in rebounding, sixth in assists and 10th in minutes. The former second-team PARADE All-American at Oak Hill Academy leads all SEC freshmen in scoring average and owns a current string of 11 consecutive games scoring in double figures. The lone MSU player to have started all 29 games to date this season has scored in double digits 25 times and has been the Bulldogs' leading scorer or co-leader a team-most 12 times on the season.