FINAL: Vanderbilt 72, MSU 31

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Recapping MSU’s 72-31 loss to Vanderbilt at Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday.

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• The buzz: MSU narrowly avoided experiencing the worst loss in Humphrey Coliseum history – it did that last home game when it lost by 42 points to Missouri. The numbers, which you’ll see below, are staggering and in many ways worse than the Mizzou loss. State (7-19, 2-12 SEC) has lost 12 games in a row. That’s the longest SEC losing streak within the same season in school history.

• Turning point: The opening tip. Well, MSU won the tip but missed a 3-pointer on its first possession. In fact, State missed its first 10 field goals and first 12 shots from 3-point range, and it fell behind 23-6 before the first field goal was made by Trivante Bloodman at the 8:50 mark.

• Vanderbilt leaders: Kevin Bright 15 points (5-6 FGs, 5-6 3FGs), Rod Odom 13 points (4-7 FGs, 2-5 3FGs, 3-5 FTs), 5 rebounds; Dai-Jon Parker 13 rebounds, 6 assists.

• MSU leaders: Jalen Steele 9 points (2-10 FGs, 1-4 3FGs, 4-4 FTs).

• Key stats: Vandy out-rebounded MSU 51-17, including 20-3 on the offensive glass. … MSU shot 17.5 percent overall (7 of 40), 10.5 percent from 3-point range (2 of 19), and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (15 of 18). … Vandy shot 45.9 percent overall (28 of 61), 35.5 percent from 3-point range (11 of 31) and 71.4 percent from the line (5 of 7). … Vanderbilt had 24 second-chance points, MSU had none. … Vandy outscored State in the paint, 32-10. … Vandy committed 13 turnovers, MSU 11.

• Quotable: “We weren’t very competitive. As we continue to play, something’s got to change. We’ve got to develop more, we’ve got to find some way where we can start producing on the defensive and offensive end.” – MSU center Gavin Ware

• Bottom line: It’s hard to spin any kind of positives off a loss like this one, but it’s clear that youth and fatigue are big culprits with this team. At some points today, MSU had three freshmen and two walk-ons on the floor. That’s not a lot to work with. This team night not win another game this season.

• Up next: MSU travels to Kentucky on Wednesday (7 p.m., SEC Network).

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I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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