AUBURN — G.W. Carver High senior and Mississippi State signee Joseph Strugg had many reasons to be excited Wednesday night.
Not only did he watch Mississippi State beat Auburn, 78-71, Strugg saw three Carver graduates help the Bulldogs prevail at Auburn Arena to end a 22-game road losing skid.
“It’s amazing,” said Strugg at halftime Wednesday. “It’s amazing.”
The current Carver basketball team sat in the upper level behind the basket above part of the Auburn student section and cheered on Mississippi State senior Roquez Johnson, junior Craig Sword and freshman Demetrius Houston.
“It’s amazing to see that we’ve got three D-1 players on the court,” said Carver senior Brandon Austin, who has signed with Alabama. “That’s something our coach (James Jackson) can be proud of.”
Sword really got the Carver team going on a two-handed breakaway dunk in the first half as he saluted the team after the jam.
“I think he’s really happy we’re here supporting him,” Austin said.
“I was talking to my boys up there,” said Sword, who led the Wolverines to a Class 6A state title his senior year in 2012. “It wasn’t planned, but I saw them up there. I knew they were looking at me so I gave him a shout out.”
Sword finished with 10 points, Johnson added nine and Houston chipped in six in the SEC win for the Bulldogs.
“They’re doing good out there,” Carver big man Dominique Mitchell said.