DeVille Smith Hospitalized; Shawn Long Goes Home

Mississippi State played an exhibition basketball game Friday night, but bigger news than that surfaced after the game.

Following the Bulldogs’ 94-70 win over Pikeville, an NAIA school from Kentucky, coach Rick Stansbury said that freshman point guard DeVille Smith has been in a Jackson hospital since Thursday after suffering headaches, dizzy spells and memory problems.

“It got to the point he just couldn’t go another day,” Stansbury told reporters.

The coach does not expect Smith to be back in time for Monday’s season opener against Eastern Kentucky.

Also absent Friday was freshman Shawn Long, who returned home to Louisiana this weekend to tend to “personal problems,” Stansbury said. The 6-foot-10 forward is expected to redshirt this year.

As for the game itself, freshman Rodney Hood and sophomore Jalen Steele scored 17 points apiece to pace MSU, which has won both of its exhibition games. A 3-pointer by Hood early in the second half sparked a 20-4 run and gave State an insurmountable 19-point lead.

Dee Bost had 16 points and four assists; Renardo Sidney had 12 points and five rebounds; Brian Bryant had 12 points and four boards; and Arnett Moultrie had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

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Many thanks to Bob Carskadon of Bulldog Sports Radio for helping me with the info, as I am in Tupelo tonight helping with high school football coverage.