FINAL: No. 20 MSU 62, Tennessee 58
by bradlocke
 Inside Mississippi State Sports
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Recapping No. 20 Mississippi State's 62-58 win over Tennessee at Humphrey Coliseum on Thursday night.

The buzz: MSU (14-3, 1-1 SEC) nearly lost a double-digit lead in the second half but got some clutch plays on both ends to pull out its first SEC win of the season, and snap a four-game winning streak by Tennessee (8-7, 1-1) in Starkville. Dee Bost, after turning it over and giving UT a chance to tie or take the lead late, came up with a steal and dunk with 4.1 seconds left to seal it.

Turning point: MSU was leading 56-53 when Bost knocked down his only 3-pointer of the night with 3:11 to go, and that turned out to be just enough breathing room in the end.

MVP: This goes to Bost, who played only nine minutes in the first half because of foul trouble but played like a senior should down the stretch.

MSU leaders: Bost 13 points (3-11 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 6-8 FTs), 5 assists, 4 steals, 6 turnovers; Renardo Sidney 13 points (4-8 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 4-4 FTs), 7 rebounds, 2 steals; Arnett Moultrie 13 points (6-8 FGs, 1-3 FTs), 4 rebounds, 4 blocks.

Tennessee leaders: Trae Golden 20 points (7-11 FGs, 4-6 3FGs, 2-2 FTs), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 turnovers; Jeronne Maymon 13 points (6-9 FGs), 4 rebounds, 5 fouls; Kenny Hall 12 points (5-8 FGs, 2-2 FTs).

Key stats: MSU had a season-high 10 blocked shots; MSU shot 44.0 percent from the field, 31.3 percent (5-16) from 3-point range, and 76.5 percent (13-17) from the free throw line; Tennessee shot 42.6 percent overall, 50 percent (7-14) from deep, and 71.4 percent (5-7) from the line; UT committed 14 turnovers, MSU nine; UT out-rebounded State, 35-28.

Highlight reel: Moultrie had a nice sequence in the second half. He had a putback dunk, and then moments later threw down a lob from Bost for a 43-34 lead. Moultrie had three dunks on the night.

Quotable: "Dee's going to give you some good. He's been struggling some offensively, but you never fault his effort, and late in that game his effort made a huge play there." - MSU coach Rick Stansbury

Bottom line: MSU got that first SEC win out of the way and showed some moxie after nearly losing a 12-point lead. Bost continues to show big-time leadership, and the Bulldogs did a lot of things right tonight that they had done wrong at Arkansas. The defense was much better, and the bench play was huge.

Up next: State is back at it Saturday with a 3 p.m. showdown versus Alabama (13-3, 2-0) at Humphrey Coliseum.

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January 13, 2012
Plenty of students last night. Since it was an 8:00 starting time on a weeknight, it makes a late night for most adults that have to work the next morning. That might have been a problem for some. Saturday's 3:00 start should make easier for most to come to the game.
January 13, 2012
Where was the crowd last night? I didn't really get a home court advantage vibe watching this on ESPN last night. Especially compared to the Arkansas game which I thought played a big factor. First SEC home game... Tennessee...ranked... What's it going to take? It looked like the players and Mrs. Stan's were actually begging for support at times. This team is awesome... student body, not so much so. Let's try and show up against Alabama this Saturday.
January 13, 2012
Don't know what to say, bulldog 35111. The student section was packed to the rafters and was loud and boisterous. I know: I am a student and I was there. Weird that you would call out the students. Why?