News from MSU Media Relations--March 28

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Men's Golf
SPRINGFIELD, La. - Mississippi State's men's golf team held on to its second place spot on Tuesday in the final round of the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate. As a team, MSU fired a 300 on the closing day with junior Josh Oller and freshman Carlos Sainz, Jr. recording even-par 72 rounds.

With the finish, the Maroon and White have posted three straight top-5 placements, including seven consecutive top-10 finishes overall. The runner up spot is also a season-best finish for State this season.

Oller finished the 54-hole event in fourth place, a new career-best for the Brandon, Miss. native. Sainz, Jr. posted 8-over par for the two days to finish sixth in the individual field. MSU's Matt Fast was the third Bulldog competitor to post a top-20 finish. Fast fired a final-round 79 to close in a tie for 17th-place. Noah Goldman rounded out the MState scorecard with a 77.

"We played pretty well," said MSU head coach Clay Homan. "We played hard and did some good things on a very tough course to play. This was a good test for us going in to next week at Auburn and the SEC Championship in a couple of weeks."

Host-Southeastern Louisiana claimed team honors with a final-round score of 296. South Alabama finished fourth, while in-state foe Southern Mississippi finished out the top-five squads.

Clubhouse leader after 36 holes, Julian Colmenares of Jacksonville State took home medalist honors at even-par for the two-day event.

MState returns to competition on April 7-9 taking part in the 19th-Annual Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, hosted by Auburn University at the AU Club.


Basketball

AUSTIN'S DERRICK ZIMMERMAN SELECTED AS NBA D-LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Toros Point Guard Wins Award for Second Consecutive Season

GREENVILLE, S.C., March 28 - Austin Toros point guard Derrick Zimmerman has been selected as the NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Zimmerman, who won the award as a member of the Columbus Riverdragons last season, was selected by a vote of the league's head coaches.

Zimmerman leads the D-League in total steals (77) and steals per game (1.9) and is third in assists per game (6.4), but basketball experts around the league point to areas of Zimmerman's game that not only set him apart, but may go unnoticed in a box score.

"For the second straight year, Derrick Zimmerman has proven that you can have a tremendous impact on the game at the defensive end of the floor," NBA D-League Senior Director of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel Chris Alpert said. "Our coaches recognize Derrick's hard work and ability to take over a game with his defensive prowess.

"He is the leader of his team and brings energy and a contagious commitment to the defensive end of the floor every night," Alpert said. "He never takes a play off and relishes his role as a defensive stopper."

Averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds, Zimmerman's durability is another area that sets him apart. He is second in the league, and first among players that have played at least 40 games, in minutes played (36.5 pg).

As the first repeat winner of a major NBA D-League season award, Zimmerman joins Karim Shabazz (Charleston, 2003-04), Mikki Moore (Roanoke, 2002-03) and Jeff Myers (Greenville, 2001-02) as winners of the D-League Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The D-League offers players the opportunity to develop their talent in a highly competitive atmosphere under the NBA's umbrella and is a source of on-court talent for the NBA's 30 teams and is a diverse human resources pool for the NBA. Forty-four (44) players have been called up to the NBA on 65 separate occasions.

Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the league also offers fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the NBA Development League, visit NBADLEAGUE.com.


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