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Ray Pleased With Preseason Scrimmage Pace

Ray Pleased With Preseason Scrimmage Pace

First they practiced, hard. Then they played a full half-game's scrimmage, even harder. No wonder a bunch of basketball Bulldogs were blowing, hard, after galloping through a grueling Wednesday schedule. Not that their coach was sparing sympathy. "Yeah, they're 18 and 21 year old kids," Rick Ray shrugged. "They're fine!"

Whether or not Mississippi State players felt all that fine following two vigorous hours in Humphrey Coliseum wasn't recorded. And the handful of media observing both practice and scrimmage saw lots of post-contact grimaces, even a few stoppages for (fortunately) minor dings. Still this was what first-year coach Ray believes the Bulldogs need as they race the calendar ahead of season tipoff. "We...

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