March 8, 2009
OXFORD -- Kodi Augustus has been making the most of his opportunities in the last two games for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
After scoring nine points in 15 minutes in an 80-71 win against Florida on Wednesday, Augustus had an even better performance of 13 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes as the Bulldogs beat the University of Mississippi 82-80 at Tad-Smith Coliseum.
Augustus had better numbers than his season averages of five points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
"This is a good time of the year to get that spark," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "He was huge for us."
Augustus has started nine games this season, but has not started since Stansbury decided to go to a small lineup after a 70-64 loss to Charlotte.
Being on the bench has been tough on Augustus, but through it all, he has kept the faith.
"Keep God first, keep playing hard and wait my time," Augustus said. "When I get in, I''ve just got to play hard, help the team out and be consistent."
With Augustus'' help, MSU got help from its reserves for the second-straight game.
The Bulldogs outscored the Rebels 27-23 in bench points after getting the best of the Gators 26-12.
Augustus says he has become more motivated to play as the season has gone along.
"As a player, who likes to sit on the bench?" Augustus said. "I don''t think I had an attitude or a change of attitude. I just needed to be put in."
Milestones for MSU
It was an afternoon of milestones for Mississippi State on Saturday.
Stansbury coached his 354th career game, which tied him with Richard Williams for the most in school history, while juniors Barry Stewart and Jarvis Varnado played in their 100th career games.
The game against the Rebels came down to the end and one Stansbury will not forget soon.
"It was a great college basketball game," Stansbury said. "It was two good teams going at it. We just happened to have the ball last."
Stansbury, who was an assistant to Williams, will break the record at Thursday''s SEC Tournament game against Georgia.
Williams coached the Bulldogs for 12 seasons from 1987-98.
Stansbury also improved his overall coaching record to 227-127.
Ole Miss freshman point guard Terrico White turned 19-years old Saturday.
White scored two more points than his age as he led the Rebels with 21 points.
It was White''s fourth 20-point performance in his last five games.
Malcolm White tied a career-high for Ole Miss with a 20-point outing.
He made 7 of 8 shots from the field and made 6 of 7 free-throw attempts.
"Malcolm White had a great game and was very efficient at the rim," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
The 9,030 in attendance at Tad-Smith Coliseum was a season-high.
It was the 15th-largest crowd in Ole Miss history.
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