With such an up and down year for Mississippi State things now become fairly simple - win their next three games in the SEC Tournament and go dancing.
First up on the Bulldogs quest to reach the NCAA Tournament will be Vanderbilt tonight in the quarterfinals at 9 p.m. inside the Georgia Dome in...[details]
2008 (Sophomore): - Saw action in all 36 games for the Bulldogs as a reserve.
- Connected on 26 of his 67 shots and was 3-of-4 against Arkansas on Feb. 7.
- Averaged 2.3 points and 0.9 rebounds per outing.
- His 16 steals tied for the fifth-most on the team.
- Scored season-high 9 points against Arkansas at home on 2-7-09. His points were the result of three 3-pointers.
- Also scored 8 points vs. Nicholls State on a season-high 8 field goal attempts.
- Dished out two assists in six games.
- Against Centenary in the season opener, had a career-high 3 steals.
- In the offseason, has foot surgery to repair stress fracture.
2007 (Freshman): Averaged 1.8 points, 0.8 assists and 0.7 rebounds per game as a first-year backcourt back-up, including 1.6 points per SEC outing (7-12 treys)... Hit a team-leading 42.4 percent from three-point range (14-33 treys), with all but four of his 37 overall shot attempts and all but one of his 15 made field goals having come from beyond the 3-point arc... Credited with 22 assists on the season with six multi-assist outings... Saw a total of 50 minutes of court action in the three games Ben Hansbrough sat out because of mononucleosis... Grabbed a defensive rebound in regular-season finale vs. LSU (3 mins)... Saw very brief action at Vanderbilt and did not play at Florida... Handed out a pair of assists and blocked a shot in home win over Auburn... Has gone scoreless (with only three total trey attempts) in each of his last 10 outings since enjoying his career game to date in Jan. 26 home win over Ole Miss... Set season highs in points (12), FGs made (4) and attempted (5), 3-pointers made (4) and attempted (5), and minutes played (21) in the win over Ole Miss... Hit his lone three-point attempt and had an assist at Alabama... Drilled a 3-pointer and hit 3-of-4 free throws (also 1 reb & 1 ast) during six-point outing vs. Georgia... Hit a 3-pointer at LSU... Standout non-SEC outing of his rookie campaign was a 10-point (3-3 treys), four-assist effort (1 TO) vs. UT Martin... Totaled three points, three assists (0 TOs) and a steal at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Hit a trey and collected two rebounds at Loyola Marymount... Totaled three points, a season-high four boards as well as an assist and a steal vs. Southeastern Louisiana.
Personal: John Riley Benock was born June 7, 1989, in Elizabethtown, Ky... Enrolled in MSU's College of Arts and Sciences... The son of Tom and Karen Benock.