Posted January 08, 2013 on
FSNextTV: Mississippi State men's basketball players Craig Sword and Trivante Bloodman talk to the media, January 6, 2013.
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Craig Sword spent about as many minutes with trainers as teammates. But with Mississippi State’s SEC opener up for grabs he came up with the key plays. Points, too, as the Bulldogs earned a 56-54 victory over visiting South Carolina.
A familiar face returns to both Mississippi State, and to Coach Dan Mullen’s assistant staff, as David Turner has been hired as defensive line coach for the 2013 Bulldogs. The hiring is confirmed by Mississippi State sources but had not been formally announced.
Craig Sword scored 18 points, Roquez Johnson added 14 and Mississippi State edged South Carolina 56-54 on Wednesday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Mississippi State (6-7) first-year coach Rick Ray won his SEC debut. Sword shot 6 of 11 from the field and had a dunk with 26 seconds left that provided enough separation for the victory.
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FSNextTV: Mississippi State men's basketball players Gavin Ware and Colin Borchert talk to the media, January 6, 2013.
South Carolina at Mississippi State men's basketball game photo gallery.
Mississippi State basketball head coach Rick Ray wanted to find a point guard who fitted his system of offense and defense. And after watching MSU signee I.J. Ready (Parkview High School, Little Rock, Arkansas) play in person about a week ago, there is no doubt that he found his man.
The Game: Mississippi State (5-7) opens the new SEC season by hosting South Carolina (10-3) Wednesday evening. The 7:00 tipoff is for ESPN3 telecast, while the broadcast is available on the MSU Network and XM/Sirius 201.
Jahmere Irvin-Sills committed to Auburn early, but elected to back off of the pledge as the 2012 season rolled on. This weekend the talented corner will take his first official visit when he tours Mississippi State. The Maryland product reports that the Bulldogs are a new name on his list of offers.