February 9, 2012 10:17:00 PM
STARKVILLE -- What we learned?
In highly publicized feud between University of Mississippi forward Terrance Henry and the Bulldogs point guard, MSU's 6-foot-3 scorer took all the trash talk from the first game and transformed it into his best night of the 2011-12 season.
Less than a month after hearing the chants of 'overrated' by the Ole Miss student section in MSU's loss in Oxford, Bost led the 20th-ranked Bulldogs to a 70-60 victory Thursday night in front of an energized 10,364 in attendance at Humphrey Coliseum.
Thursday night marked the first double-double of the season for the normally shoot-first point guard but in his career MSU is 4-1 when Bost accomplishes the feat.
Ole Miss (14-9, 4-5 in Southeastern Conference play) attempted to go with the bigger and longer Henry as Bost's defender Thursday night similarly to the game plan in their victory in Oxford when Bost was 4-of-15 from the floor and without a two-point basket through 39 minutes of play. MSU (19-5, 6-3) adjusted to that style perfectly with Bost taking the basketball straight to the lane off pick-and-roll action from the Bulldogs frontcourt players leaving Henry's size advantage nullified most of the night in Starkville.
Arnett Moultrie, who was 9-of-14 from the floor, heard chants of 'UTEP reject' from the crowd at Tad Smith Coliseum and said that motivated him to return the favor in a game where he 'preferred the rivalry atmosphere'.
Rodney Hood culminated an early 16-4 run for MSU with three straight jump shots over the Rebels 2-3 zone defense. It was an early Bulldogs run included Kennedy taking a 30-second timeout down 6-0 to berate his interior defense after Sidney and Moultrie made the first three baskets of the game right next to the rim.
MSU's frontcourt dominance extended the glass as they outrebounded the SEC's best team in that statistical category 38-33 and got six of the first seven offensive rebounds of the evening.
Renardo Sidney bruised his way to 14 points and seven rebounds in MSU's 70-60 victory over the Rebels leaving Ole Miss Andy Kennedy simply shaking head and feeling helpless on the sidelines.
Including his game-high 17 points in MSU's loss at Oxford, Sidney is averaging 19.25 points per game and 8.25 rebounds per contest in four career games against the Rebels.
What we heard?
Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury:
"It doesn't matter how many you've won in the past. The only one that matters the most is the next one. For some people, they count more than one win but it's one win."
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy:
"They knocked us to the mat right from the jump. They were quicker to the ball. When you see us and you see them, they're physically bigger. So we have to be quicker to the ball and when the bigger team is quicker to the ball, the outcome isn't going to be what you want."
Mississippi State senior guard Dee Bost:
"We heard everything...basically everything you can hear. I was real motivated. A must win game."
Mississippi State junior forward Arnett Moultrie:
"They should've started boxing me out and I thought that's what they were going to do but I just kept sneaking behind them and pointing my finger up for the lob,"
What's next?: vs. Georgia (11-12, 2-7), 12:47 p.m., Saturday (WCBI)
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