MSU basketball coach Rick Stansbury acknowledges the student section as he leaves the court Thursday night. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
The Humphrey Coliseum has become a difficult place for Mississippi State opponents to play.
It has always been tough, but the Bulldogs are putting together a record that backs up that claim.
With Thursday night's 70-60 victory over the rival Ole Miss Rebels, MSU now has a 13-game home winning streak.
The Bulldogs appeared motivated by the largest home crowd this season at 10,364. It was the 12th largest home crowd in school history.
"We came out, Arnett (Moultrie) dunked the ball and I hit some shots," MSU's Rodney Hood said. "The crowd got into it and we started feeling it."
The home win streak is the best run in school history spanning four gymnasiums. It is tied for the second longest streak at Humphrey Coliseum since the doors opened in 1975.
The longest streak is 14-straight from Jan. 23, 1978 to Jan. 10, 2004. The Bulldogs only other 13-game streak came from Jan. 23, 1978 to Jan. 15, 1979.
In the last 28 outings against the Rebels at Humphrey Coliseum, MSU stands 25-3.
"After the game in Oxford, we were going to make sure we didn't lose this game," said Bulldog point guard Dee Bost.
record against Rebs
Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury has never been swept by Ole Miss during a season.
In his 29th matchup against the Rebels, Stansbury improved his record to 21-8.
Stansbury coached teams are 13-1 against Ole Miss at Humphrey Coliseum. The lone loss during that stretch for the Bulldogs was 67-63 in 2009.
MSU has won 25 of the last 28 in the series at Humphrey Coliseum.
In Stansbury fashion, he down-played all of the accomplishments.
"The only one that matters is the next one," Stansbury said. "It's a special win always, but now the next one becomes the most important."
Bost gets career
best in assists
Bost dished out 13 assists for the Bulldogs which was a career-high in that category.
That mark ties the sixth most in MSU history.
After scoring 15 points against Ole Miss, Bost moved into 10th-place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,499 points. He passed former Bulldog Tony Watts.
Moultrie just misses
Moultrie led the Bulldogs with 18 points, but was one rebound short of his 14th double-double this season.
"That hurts," Moultrie said about not getting one more board. "That will stick with me."
He did eclipse 1,000 career points in stints at both MSU and Texas-El Paso. He now has 1,008.
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