There is something about being a senior and knowing your time is coming to an end. You see it in many sports and some seniors just realize, my time is almost up and I’m going to marvel in the moment. Mississippi State’s Brian Bryant is one of those seniors and with the Dawgs needing another win or two, to lock up an NCAA Tourney birth – Bryant stepped up and showed out throwing down fifteen points and fellow senior Dee Bost poured in sixteen to help the Dawgs (21-10 , 8-8) crush Arkansas (18-13, 6-10) 79-59 in the regular season finale.
For head coach Rick Stansbury, this was a change of pace verses the last few weeks where his team played three overtime games. “We didn’t have to go down to the last horn,” Stansbury said, “We haven’t had many of those. It’s good to get on them (Arkansas) like that.”
For Bryant, this last week has been huge as he hit the game winner at South Carolina and now this performance- where he also was around the rim, and a tenacious defender – something the Dawgs have lacked.
In Most years, Stansbury teams are at the most great defenders and rebounders but this year that has been lacking. On this day the Dawgs looked like a team of old, dominating the Hogs 36-27 off the glass.
Not to be lost in the mix though is junior Arnett Moultrie who poured in his 18th double –double with twenty points and ten boards. Many feel that could have been Moultrie’s last game in Starkville as well as he will take a serious look at the NBA once the season is over. But- for now it’s all about the present and how far this team can go in the post-season.
With this win the Dawgs lock up the sixth seed in the SEC Tournament and will play eleventh seed Georgia this coming Thursday.
State has stopped the bleeding winning their last two and now it’s on to a tournament that Stansbury teams have played very well in-in the past. For Bryant and Bost, it’s their team and their time to make sure State continues that trend of flourishing in the SEC Tournament.
For Bryant and Bost – there is no tomorrow.