Midnight Magic

An estimated 3,000 Bulldog fans attended Maroon Madness last night in Humphrey Coliseum. After the magical season the MSU men's basketball team had last year, you could more appropriately call last night Midnight Magic because all the fans delighted in the magic of last season as they anticipate this season.

After many of the fans got autographs from both the men's and women's teams, they were all treated to highlight films of last year's magical men's season and an outstanding women's season.

Then, just past the stroke of midnight, both of the teams entertained the crowd with shooting and, in the men's case, dunking exhibitions and then men's and women's scrimmages. The high-flying backcourt duo of Derrick Zimmerman and Timmy Bowers treated the crowd to thunderous dunks, almost touching their heads against the rim on several. Zimmerman, always the entertainer, with a cheerleader standing a few feet in front of the goal, literally jump over her as he dunked the ball. Freshman newcomer Michael Boler, from Pillow Academy in Greenwood, treated the crowd to high-flying dunks, including a 360 degree dunk. During the scrimmage, the twin towers of Marcus Campbell (7-0) and Wesley Morgan (7-2.5) gave MSU fans something they have never seen at MSU, two talented 7-footers on the court at the same time. Campbell even delighted the crowd with his best imitation of a 7-foot point guard when he dribbled behind his back as he ran down the court. Women's basketball player Tan White was the highlight of the women's scrimmage as she continued where she left off last season by making numerous buckets in flamboyant style.

With basketball just a few weeks away, the MSU fans in attendance at last night's Maroon Madness got the first glimpse of what they hope will be another magical basketball season.

Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. The URL for Gene's Page is http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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