News from MSU Media Relations--January 13

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...MSU Athletics and Men's Basketball.

MSU Athletics
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's and women's athletes finished the fall semester with an aggregate 2.94 grade point average, the third-highest combined mark in school history, the MSU athletic academic office announced Monday.

State's men's sport programs posted a 2.78 GPA for the term, its third-highest grade point average, while the women's program averaged a 3.15 classroom mark.

Men's tennis and women's tennis recorded the highest male and female team sport GPAs with 3.33 and 3.58 average grades, respectively.

Baseball achieved its highest ever team GPA at 3.30, while football earned its second highest ever at 2.63. Men's golf posted a 3.20.

Overall, 54 scholarship student-athletes made either the Dean's Scholar (3.5) or President's Scholar (3.8) list. In addition, 146 of the 276 scholarship student-athletes (52.9 percent) recorded a 3.0 GPA or better during the fall.

The MSU athletic academic office began tracking scholarship student-athlete grades for comparative purposes in 1993.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Concord, N.C., native averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 rebounds this past week in the Bulldogs' two games against Western Kentucky and Arkansas, both decisive victories.

Against the Hilltoppers, he poured in a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and followed that performance with a 17-point effort on the road at Arkansas. In his last three games, Bost is 16 of 25 from the floor, including a 6-of-12 mark from 3-point range.

He enters Wednesday's 7 p.m. showdown against Alabama at Humphrey Coliseum averaging 9.8 points and 4.3 assists an outing.

He's the second MSU player to be recognized this season. On Nov. 24, junior forward Jarvis Varnado was tabbed the SEC player of the week. This week, that honor went to Florida's Nick Calathes.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Riding the momentum of a three-game winning streak, its second longest of the season, Mississippi State will try to make it four in a row on Wednesday when it hosts SEC rival Alabama at 7 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.

The Bulldogs, who are currently sporting an 11-5 ledger, are coming off an impressive and dominating 70-56 road win at Arkansas this past weekend in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

It was an especially impressive performance by true freshman point guard Dee Bost, who totaled 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds. For his effort, he was tabbed the SEC Freshman of the Week.

The Bulldogs, who are 9-1 in SEC home openers under Rick Stansbury, welcome an Alabama squad that's 11-4 overall and also 1-0 in league play following its 65-59 win against LSU on Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday marks the 181st meeting between the two schools, separated by just 90 miles, with the Crimson Tide holding a 110-70 advantage. However, MSU has won five of the last six contests, including four in a row. A year ago, the Bulldogs won all three outings, including the 69-67 overtime thriller in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta that was momentarily delayed due to a tornado that hit the Georgia Dome.

Stansbury, who is one SEC win shy of tying Richard Williams' school-record mark of 89, is 13-9 against Bama in his 10 years at the helm.

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