February 1, 2009
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury felt the sting of losing to the Ole Miss Rebels for the first time at Humphrey Coliseum.
Mississippi State''s 67-63 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday dropped Stansbury''s record to 10-1 against the Rebels in Humphrey Coliseum.
Stansbury gave credit to Ole Miss and said Mississippi State not playing in a week was not a factor.
"That had nothing to do with it," Stansbury said. "We''re making no excuses."
The last time the Rebels beat the Bulldogs at Humphrey Coliseum was 82-78 on Feb. 21, 1998, when Richard Williams was Mississippi State''s coach.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said the Rebels had no idea about the history of the series going into the game.
"They had no idea, whether it was 10 years or nine years," Kennedy said of the streak. "They are just worried about what we''re eating on the bus."
Huertas moves up list
With three 3-point field goals against Mississippi State, Ole Miss junior guard David Huertas moved up to sixth in school history in that category for the Rebels.
Huertas has 133 career 3-pointers, moving past Joezon Darby, who had 131 from 1996-98.
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With two 3-pointers against Ole Miss, Mississippi State junior guard Barry Stewart moved past Tony Watts into third place in the record book with 167.
It was not a good week for Mississippi State as three players were suspended for the game against Ole Miss.
After Stansbury suspended junior backup guard Jacquiese Holcombe on Wednesday for an unspecified violation, he also sat down senior post players Brian Johnson and sophomore Elgin Bailey.
"Both of them missed curfew," Stansbury said about Johnson and Bailey. "It is, what it is."
Stansbury would not elaborate on how long the suspensions on Johnson and Bailey would last.
"I''ll make a decision," Stansbury said.
Bost banged up
Mississippi State freshman point guard Dee Bost was gimpy after the game with a sprained ankle.
The injury was not believed to be serious and was actually hurt in a previous game at St. Bonaventure on Nov. 25, 2008.
It was the shoes
The entire coaching staffs for Mississippi State and Ole Miss wore sneakers instead of dress shoes on Saturday in honor of the Coaches vs. Cancer "Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend."
The action was to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.
This is a cause that Mississippi State coaches has supported through the years.
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