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SMITH COLUMN: Returning Bulldogs committed

March 9, 2014


Fred Thomas and Craig Sword are not giving up the ship.
As sophomores in a program that's not having any success right not, it would be easy to get down and stay down.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs lost their 13th-straight game of the men's basketball season with Saturday's 74-62 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks at Humphrey Coliseum. The Bulldogs fell short in their last six home games.
It has been another very difficult season for MSU under coach Rick Ray as it finishes the regular season at 13-18 overall and 3-15 in the Southeastern Conference.
The 13-game losing streak is the second-longest in school history, matching last year. There was a string of 14-consecutive losses from Jan. 7 to Feb. 21 in 1955.
Thomas and Sword were definitely not happy with yet another defeat, but didn't sound like two players that were going to quit on Ray or the Bulldogs.
It's not the first time Thomas has experienced the lack of success as an underclassman.
Thomas said there was some losing going on at Jim Hill High School in Jackson before the situation turned around.
By the time he was a senior at Jim Hill, Thomas led the school to a 24-11 record and a Class 6A State championship.
Thomas knows there's still time to turn things around at MSU.
"I've got two more years so I'm not going to hang my head," Thomas said. "I'm not going to give up on my team."

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