January 26, 2011

Bulldogs hunting their 'heart'

While Mississippi State struggled throughout its non-conference schedule it was without the services of junior point guard Dee Bost as he served a nine-game suspension and an additional five for being academically ineligible for the fall.

Bost vowed to turn the team around when he made his return earlier this month and no one could question his effort. But the results have been a 2-2 start since his return with wins over the SEC's two worst teams and a pair of losses by an average of 20 points.

"It's the same thing I've been saying, heart," Bost said. "That's all that's missing. If we play with heart and compete then we should be in every game. There is no way in the world we should just keep losing by 20 or 10-plus. All of our games should be close."

The 6-foot-2, 176-pounder is has been serving as the Bulldogs team captain since his return but does not have an exact answer as to his team's struggles in the early going.

"I couldn't tell you," Bost said. "Everybody practices hard but I guess when the lights come on it just goes dead or whatever."

Bost is averaging 17 points and 6.5 assists and three steals in 33.3 minutes in his four games back. Following the 86-64 loss at Georgia this past weekend, MSU head coach Rick Stansbury singled Bost out as the only player he felt like who left it all out on the court.

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