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Dogs struggle driving

n Often times, Mississippi State's success has been predicated by its ability to drive to the basket.

That was one of the reasons the Bulldogs defeated Kentucky on Friday, as Jamont Gordon found his way inside early and often.

But against Arkansas on Saturday, State had no luck driving the lane.

Not that the Bulldogs didn't try. It was just that Arkansas either defended it well or blocked shots.

Arkansas had 10 blocks on the day, led by Steven Hill's game-high five.

Stewart sets record

n Mississippi State freshman Barry Stewart hit two of his four 3-pointers to set the school freshman record for 3-pointers in a season. He's now hit 60, breaking the old mark of 59 set by teammate Reginald Delk last year.

Stomping too hard

n When he wants to get the attention of the referees, MSU coach Rick Stansbury has been known to stomp his feet pretty hard on the court.

Against Kentucky on Friday, he apparently stomped his foot too hard when trying to get the attention of the referees during the infamous lane violation on a free throw attempt with 5.1 seconds left.

Saturday against Arkansas, Stansbury wore tennis shoes due to a sore right heel.

"The tennis shoes were much more comfortable," he said.

Quotable

n "He played well. He jumped up and made some shots in that second half. He's a good little player." - Bulldogs coach Rick Stansbury on Gary Ervin, the former MSU player who scored 15 on Saturday.

n "From the coaching side, to teh 13th player on the bench, we were just confident coming into the game." - Arkansas point guard Gary Ervin.

- Gregg Ellis

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