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Bulldogs close out 2012 at home

Per MSU Media Relations

STARKVILLE, Miss. – It’s been nearly a month since Mississippi State has played at Humphrey Coliseum, but that all changes on Sunday when the Bulldogs host Alabama A&M in a 3 p.m. contest televised by CSS.

MSU, off for the holidays since defeating Central Arkansas on Dec. 22 in Jackson, is 4-0 all-time against the Bulldogs, with the last meeting resulting in a 100-58 win in December of 2002.

“It’s good to finally be back at home in front of our fans,” said MSU coach Rick Ray, whose team is 4-6 and looking to win two straight for the first time this season. “We’ve had a good week of practice, and I know our guys are ready to get back at it.”

In their last outing, the Bulldogs claimed a 79-72 win against the Bears. Forward Gavin Ware paced MSU with career highs in points (22) and rebounds (13) en route to earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors.

He was one of five MSU players to score in double digits, and on the year he’s 12th in the league with his 7.1 rebounds.

Offensively, sophomore forward Roquez Johnson leads the Bulldogs in scoring with his 12.8 clip, followed by freshman guard Fred Thomas at 10.8.

Alabama A&M enters the game 3-7 after dropping a 95-68 decision to Arkansas. The Bulldogs are led in scoring and rebounding by Demarquelle Tabb at 12.3 and 10.1, respectively. He had 15 points against the Razorbacks, while Jeremy Crutcher had a team-high 16 points.

Sunday also serves as a homecoming for the CSS broadcasting team of Richard Williams and Shane Power. The two will serve as analyst, with Mike Morgan handling the play-by-play.

Williams served as MSU’s head coach from 1987-1998, where he won what was then a school record 191 games. His crowning achievement came in 1996 when the Bulldogs advanced to the Final Four.

Power played for MSU form 2004-05 and averaged 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. In 2004, the Bulldogs won the regular-season SEC crown with a 14-2 record.

After Sunday, the Bulldogs return to action on Thursday, Jan. 3 against New Orleans at the Hump, a game that will also be televised by CSS.

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