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Bulldogs shake off tough loss on road to knock off Aggies

January 20, 2014

Mississippi State guard Craig Sword (32) and Texas A&M guard Alex Caruso (21) race for a loose ball on Saturday. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP)

Mississippi State’s Craig Sword wasn’t happy with how he and his teammates played last Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs played poorly and dropped an 80-61 decision to Alabama on the road. MSU was coming off a big win over in-state rival Ole Miss, but couldn’t ride that momentum into Coleman Coliseum.
“I was really disappointed in our performance at Alabama,” MSU head coach Rick Ray said.
The sophomore guard from Montgomery, Ala. had a simple message for his team in the locker room after the game. Forget about it.
“I was telling people after the game ‘we have to move on to the next game,’” Sword said. “We can’t worry about that loss.”
The Bulldogs listened.
MSU shook off the loss and overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat Texas A&M 81-72 in overtime on Saturday.
“We came into this game, didn’t worry about that game (Alabama) anymore and we just moved on,” Sword said. “We came out, played hard and got a win at home.

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