The undefeated Mississippi State Bulldog basketball team ran into a buzzsaw at the Las Vegas Classic Friday night. Behind the career-high 40 points of senior All-American candidate and 2001 Conference USA Player of the Year Steve Logan, Cincinnati defeated Mississippi State 90-56."> The undefeated Mississippi State Bulldog basketball team ran into a buzzsaw at the Las Vegas Classic Friday night. Behind the career-high 40 points of senior All-American candidate and 2001 Conference USA Player of the Year Steve Logan, Cincinnati defeated Mississippi State 90-56.">

MSU SUFFERS FIRST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/basketball/teamshot120-160.jpg" align="left" width="125" height="160"> The undefeated Mississippi State Bulldog basketball team ran into a buzzsaw at the Las Vegas Classic Friday night. Behind the career-high 40 points of senior All-American candidate and 2001 Conference USA Player of the Year Steve Logan, Cincinnati defeated Mississippi State 90-56.

"Give Cincinnati a lot of credit for it not being a very good day for us," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "Cincinnati played an exceptionally good ballgame and we didn't play as well as we are capable of playing."

The Bearcats (10-1) handed the Bulldogs (11-1) their first loss of the season.

Other Bearcats in double figures included Immanuel McElroy (12), Jamal Davis (10).

Mario Austin led Mississippi State in scoring with 13 points. No other Bulldog scored in double figures. The Bulldogs were held to not only their lowest point total of the year but also had their worse shooting night of the season, 32.7%.

After trailing by 12 at the end of the first half, Mississippi State narrowed the lead to 10 during the first few moments of the second half on two free throws by junior point guard Derrick Zimmerman. Cincinnati would then go on a 23-2 run to extend their lead to 62-31. Mississippi State could never get closer than 24 points the rest of the way.

"I thought at halftime we had not played great and Cincinnati had shot the ball about as well as they had all year long," said Rick Stansbury. "The second half we came out and got the ball point blank three or four trips in a round and just didn't finish it. Then Logan took the game over. We had no answer for Steve Logan today. We had no chance to guard him the way they were letting us guard him. They weren't going to let us touch him. They weren't going to let us play physical against him. He was a one-man show."

The Bearcats, winners of 10 games in a row, will meet Purdue in Saturday's finals to determine the overall winner of the Las Vegas Classic.

Mississippi State faces the University of Chicago Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT to determine the 3rd and 4th place teams.

"We have to put this game behind us," said Coach Stansbury. "We have a very difficult game (Saturday). We have to find a way to win that basketball game (Saturday)."


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