News from MSU Media Relations--October 28

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football, Women's Tennis, Men's Basketball and Men's Golf.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State center J. C. Brignone was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week, the SEC office announced on Monday.

Brignone, a 6'1", 290-pounder from Pass Christian, Miss., graded out with an offensive line-best 88 percent blocking grade in Mississippi State's 31-22 win against Middle Tennessee last weekend. The sophomore has eclipsed the 80-percent mark each of the past six games and has played every snap of the last five Bulldog contests.

Brignone helped pave the way for State to rack up 169 rushing yards against the Blue Raiders, and State rushed for four touchdowns for the first time in a game since the 2001 Egg Bowl against Ole Miss.

Mississippi State returns to action on Saturday as the Bulldogs host Kentucky in a Southeastern Conference contest. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m., at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.

Women's Tennis
ATHENS, Ga. - After what has been an outstanding performance in the ITA South Regional Championships, Mississippi State's freshman Natalia Mayuk fell just short Monday of claiming the title in the B Draw at the event.

After picking up four wins in this weekend's tournament, Mayuk set her sights on claiming the victory in her final match to claim the championship. Playing Southeastern Conference foe Shelley Godwin of Alabama, Mayuk fell short of that feat, falling in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

With the loss, Mayuk's record remains an impressive 9-4 on the fall campaign, giving the Lady Bulldog rookies an overall 13-8 mark this fall season.

The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action at the SEC Fall Coaches Classic Nov.6-9 to close out the fall campaign.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State true freshman point guard Dee Bost was named to the Honorable Mention All-Freshman team on Monday.

The Concord, N.C., native comes to MSU following a stellar prep career, where he was a two-sport standout in both football and basketball.

In leading his team to the Class 3A state crown in 2007, he averaged 17 points, 6.5 rebounds and five assists. In the championship game against Kinston, he scored 27 points en route to MVP honors.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Bost, who is expected to start this season for the Bulldogs, also led the Spiders to a state title in football, the first time a 3A school won both the basketball and football championships in the same year.

The past Saturday during a team scrimmage at Humphrey Coliseum, he scored 34 points, dished out four assists and collected one steal to go along with four rebounds.

Born on Oct. 12, 1989, in Charlotte, N.C., he's the son of Frances Bost and Marcus Blackwelder.

Men's Golf
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Mississippi State's men's golf team completed the first two rounds at the UNCG Bridgestone today with scores of 299 and 305, respectively. The Bulldogs currently stand 12th amongst the 14-team field with a score of 28-over par.

MSU started off the day by shooting a first-round, 11-over-par 299, highlighted by a 2-under-par showing from senior Carlos Sainz, Jr. Sainz followed that score up with 4-over-par second round to finish the first two rounds of competition in a tie for 16th.

Fellow senior Noah Goldman posted a respectable 2-over-par 74 followed by a 78 and currently sits in a tie for 50th place after two rounds. Sitting one shot back of Goldman at 9-over-par is redshirt junior Brian Mason. Mason improved one shot on his first round 77 by shooting a 76 in the second round for a two-round total of 152 and sits in a tie for 53rd.

One place back in a tie for 56th is senior Josh Bevell who also improved on his first round score of 78, by scoring a 76 in the second round. Making his first team appearance of the season, senior Logan Young currently sits in 67th with a two round score of 157.

Play is set to resume tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. CT. Live stats can be found at

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