MSU Defeats Ole Miss...Again

Mississippi State (20-8), after playing two tight games against Ole Miss (14-15) during the regular season, defeated them 73-66 Friday afternoon at the SEC Tournament.<P> A game that was fairly close in the first half, became a runaway in the second half after a 10-0 run by the Bulldogs at the beginning of the half put them up 38-20.

After taking a 28-20 lead into the half, Mississippi State came out blazing, scoring the first 10 points of the half to take a 38-20 lead with 16:31 to go.

Mississippi State expanded their lead to 20 points, but Ole Miss, primarily due to the outside shooting of junior Justin Reed, went on a 15-2 run that pulled them within 7 points of the Bulldogs. During the run, Reed made 8 points.

Mississippi State finally started answering Ole Miss shots with their own, eventually pulling back out to a 15-point lead before eventually winning by 9.

Mississippi State was led in scoring by Mario Austin's 19 points. Timmy Bowers and Derrick Zimmerman also scored in double digits with 14 points apiece.

Ole Miss also had three players in double figures with Reed leading the way with 22. Emmanuel Wade and Derrick Allen scored 17 and 11 points apiece.

Although Ole Miss shot the ball 60 times, MSU held them to a 38.3% shooting percentage.

Meanwhile, MSU shot the ball at a 59.0% clip and shot 23 of 33 free throw attempts.

The Bulldogs completely dominated the Rebels in the paint, scoring 34 points to Ole Miss' 16.

MSU faces LSU noon Saturday. The winner of that game advances to the SEC Tournament championship game noon Sunday to face either Kentucky or Auburn.

Although most folks believe the Eastern Division was the tougher division this season, three of the last four teams standing in the SEC Tournament are teams from the Western Division.

Mississippi State Notes:

  • MSU has reached the SEC Tournament semifinals in each of the last two years and four times in the last eight seasons.
  • MSU now has 20 wins for the year, giving the Bulldogs back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1995-1996.
  • Coach Rick Stansbury now has a 99-58 record, one win short of becoming the fourth coach in school history to reach 100 wins.
  • MSU is now 7-1 all-time in the Louisiana Superdome, which includes winning the 1996 tournament championship.
  • MSU is 6-3 under Stansbury in the SEC Tournament.


    Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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