Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury is quick to tell everyone that Thursday night's 70-60 win over the Ole Miss Rebels in the Humphrey Coliseum was a great "team" win.
Even though that was the case for the Bulldogs, it was a win made possible by the unselfish play of Dee Bost.
The senior point guard turned in his first double-double of the season, fifth of his career, with 15 points and 13 assists. Certainly his statline is impressive on its own, but it was the way in which he controlled the game and led the team that was impressive.
The game was one of only a few games this season where it could be said that Bost was a true point guard, not a scoring guard. He was 4-of-9 shooting, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. He didn’t jack up shots from all over the court as he has been known to do from time to time.
Instead, he displayed patience.
“I thought he was patient when he needed to,” Stansbury said. “He picked his spots and when they made a mistake, he made them pay most of the time.”
Bost was disciplined in State’s sixth win over the Rebels in its last seven tries. As Arnett Moultrie put it, “he made me look good tonight.”
Moultrie was right, Bost did.
Time and time again Moultrie slipped behind his defender and sought the high percentage basket on the lob pass from Bost.
It was Bost who found Rodney Hood in the corner or Jalen Steele on the wing.
“I had a stretch where I played bad for five games, shot it bad,” Bost said. “Lately I’ve been better with my shot selection. When we do that we win so I’m just trying to be a point guard and get everybody the ball.”
Certainly Bost isn’t the only reason the Bulldogs handed the Rebels their ninth defeat of the season, but if he continues this style of play, he will be the reason Mississippi State has success the rest of the way.