January 14, 2009

Second half surge lifts State over Tide

Mississippi State's Phil Turner and Dee Bost had a forgettable first half Wednesday night against Alabama.
The duo only accounted for five points as the Bulldogs went into halftime trailing by three points in what Rick Stansbury termed "an Arkansas hangover". But Turner and Bost rallied back in the second half combining for 25 points in the final 20 minutes to lift State into first place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division with a 83-74 win over the Crimson Tide.

"I just told them at halftime to loosen up," Stansbury said.

Turner, who had only two points at the half, responded hitting 5-of-8 shots including 3-of-4 from behind the arc to finish tying his career-high of 17 points.

"I was talking with Coach (Stansbury) during pregame shooting and he told me to just take the shots if their big guy doesn't want to get on you," Turner said. "That's the advantage we have in playing small. I saw (in the second half) that it was a time that I need to step up so I just did the best I could to do that."

Bost notched his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 assists after his slow start.

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