By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Rick Stansbury picked up a technical foul at the worst possible time Saturday.
Kodi Augustus had just given Mississippi State a 59-56 lead over South Carolina with 28 seconds to go, and Stansbury dashed down the court after official John Hampton trying to call timeout. Hampton gave him the technical for being out of the coach’s box.
South Carolina hit both its free throws, but guard Bruce Ellington missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, and MSU held on.
“I’m just trying to get a timeout; that’s all I’m trying to do,” Stansbury said. “And he’s laying up there underneath the goal with the pom-pom girls. He ran by me. He ran by me. He didn’t say anything then. …
“It was a good call on his part, and I accept responsibility for it.”
Waiting for tourney time
MSU already knows when it will play in the SEC Tournament: 9 p.m. Friday at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, in the second round.
As the No. 2 seed from the Western Division, State gets a first-round bye. So it will play the winner of the game between the East No. 3 and the West No. 6.
The West team will be LSU, a 60-51 loser to Auburn, while the East team won’t be decided until after today’s Kentucky-Tennessee game.
Johnson closes in on Wilson
With his seven 3-pointers made Saturday, senior Ravern Johnson pulled within one of Darryl Wilson for second place all-time in program history. Johnson now has 257 career threes. The leader is Barry Stewart, with 280.
Johnson scored 21 points, making him the first Bulldog this season to score 20 or more in three consecutive games.
“He likes Kobe Bryant; he thinks he’s Kobe Bryant. He practices that shot a lot just playing around, and he’ll make it.” – MSU guard Dee Bost, on teammate Kodi Augustus’ critical, late fadeway basket.
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