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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. âÂ â¨It's something that many athletes go through at certain times of their careers.â¨They struggle, search, question, and pick a part each and every aspect of their game trying to get rid of it. Baseball players deal with it.Â Receivers experience it.
On Saturday night, Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost broke out of his slump.
Entering the matchup with Arkansas, Bost was not playing up to his usual standards, averaging 7.3 points over the past three games while shooting just 21.5 percent. He struggled with few assists and simply wasnât getting to the foul line with just four attempts.
âIâve been pressing. Iâve just been trying to force it," said Bost, who scored 21 points his most since scoring 22 against Florida Atlantic. âI have no clue (why), but you know whatâŚIâm back to myself now.ââ¨
Bost did what his team needed him to do against Arkansas despite falling to the Hogs 98-88.Â He was looking to get his teammates involved early, but once Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sidney found themselves in foul trouble Bost began to look to be a scorer for State.
â¨âI feel it but Iâm relaxed now,â said Bost. âI can just chill now.Â I think Iâve been going back to my old ways and trying to force it too much.Â Now, I can just let (teammates) just do what they do."
â¨When his team needed him to Bost returned to attacking the basket, allowing him to get Rodney Hood, who scored 17, more involved in the action.
â¨âI donât have to force it. I just donât and Iâm not,â he said. âIâm not scoring six or eight points, Iâm still going to score. Fourteen, thatâs cool.Â I mean Iâm not going to just go out there and think about scoring.Â My first instinct is to be going out there and running the team. When it comes it just comes, thatâs why my shot has been off, Iâve just forced shots.â
â¨In order to turn things around, Bost simply went back to the basics as he spent tireless hours during the pass week putting up shots trying to find his rhythm.
âIâve been in the gym this whole week trying to find my shot and I found it,â he said. âThis is SEC play and thatâs when stars are born. You can lose to anybody on any night in this league so we are going to show up ready to play. Weâve just got to take our game to a new level.â
Even after breaking out of the slump, at the end of the day, Bost agreed he would gladly trade his performance for an MSU win.