Bulldogs return home

By School Reports

STARKVILLE – It’s been nearly a month since Mississippi State has played at Humphrey Coliseum, but the Bulldogs get back to work at home today against Alabama A&M.
The 3 p.m. game will be seen on CSS.
MSU, off for the holidays since defeating Central Arkansas on Dec. 22 in Jackson, is 4-0 all-time against A&M’s Bulldogs, with the last meeting resulting in a 100-58 win in late 2002.
“It’s good to finally be back at home in front of our fans,” said MSU coach Rick Ray, whose team is 4-6 and looking to win two straight for the first time this season. “We’ve had a good week of practice, and I know our guys are ready to get back at it.”
In their last outing, the Bulldogs claimed a 79-72 win against the Bears. Forward Gavin Ware paced MSU with career highs in points (22) and rebounds (13) en route to earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
He was one of five MSU players to score in double digits.
Sophomore forward Roquez Johnson leads the Bulldogs in scoring (12.8 ppg), followed by freshman guard Fred Thomas (10.8 ppg).
Alabama A&M enters the game 3-7 after dropping a 95-68 decision to Arkansas. Demarquelle Tabb leads A&M in scoring (12.3) and rebounding (10.1).
Today also serves as a homecoming for the CSS broadcasting team of Richard Williams and Shane Power. The two will serve as analyst, with Mike Morgan handling the play-by-play.
Williams served as MSU’s head coach from 1987 through 1998, where he won what was then a school-record 191 games. His crowning achievement came in 1996 when the Bulldogs advanced to the Final Four.
Power played for MSU in 2004-05 and averaged 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. In 2004, the Bulldogs won the regular-season SEC crown with a 14-2 record.
After Sunday, the Bulldogs return to action on Thursday, Jan. 3 against New Orleans at the Hump, a game that will also be televised by CSS.

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