December 3, 2009

Stansbury searching for chemistry

Mississippi State has not had the type of start they anticipated or wanted for the first six games of the season.

The Bulldogs are 4-2 on the year with losses to Rider and Richmond early on and have dropped out of the Top 25. While Rick Stansbury returned five starters from last season's NCAA Tournament team, he is quick to point out that things are definitely different for his team this season.

"I don't think our chemistry is nowhere near what it needs to be," Stansbury said. "Nothing has been settled. That's the whole problem. We haven't had a settled lineup yet. We've had those top five guys but there is a new guy in that lineup that wasn't there last year that just got back in there again. Everything off the bench is totally nothing like it was. There is the difference right there. Twany Beckham, Elgin Bailey and Riley Benock throws everything with a kink and that's kind of where it's been."

Beckham will miss the season with multiple hip surgeries while Bailey has played sparingly while still recovering from a dislocated ankle in four games trying to spell Jarvis Varnado at center.

"I try to put him in there for three or four minutes just to buy some minutes for Jarvis," Stansbury said. "Those three or four minutes he was able to play against Richmond and Old Dominion I thought he brought some toughness and energy. He wasn't out there but three or four minutes but brought some energy when he was out there. That's something I've just tried to sprinkle in."

Benock has appeared in every game this season but has shot only 3-of-12 for the year after missing all of fall practice after wrist surgery.

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