Live from the Hump

Humphrey Coliseum

Humphrey Coliseum

I haven’t done live updates during the game in a while because I’ve been writing other projects so we’ll get this back started today. Mississippi State will look to snap a 16-game SEC losing skid today taking on Vanderbilt. It’s alumni weekend and there will be a lot of former Bulldog players and coaches on hand today. MSU is wearing white throwback uniforms for this one. I really like them because they’re simple. Remember that today’s game is televised by Fox Sports Net.

Starting lineups

Mississippi State: 7-9, 0-3

15- I.J. Ready, G, 5-11, 170, So.

20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 260, Jr.

23- Travis Daniels, G, 6-8, 219, Jr.

25- Roquez Johnson, F, 6-7, 210, Sr.

32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 196, Jr.

Vanderbilt: 11-5, 1-2

3- Luke Kornet, F, 7-0, 240, So.

4- Wade Baldwin IV, G, 6-3, 195, Fr.

11- Jeff Roberson, F, 6-6, 206, Fr.

13- Riley LaChance, G, 6-2, 194, Fr.

30- Damian Jones, 6-10, 248, So.

Former Bulldog Tyson Cunningham sang the national anthem. Did a good job as always. He’s from Columbus like me.

Ready did the opening tip against Kornet.

2-0 VU 18:34 1st Jones 2 points

Ready breaks Vandy’s 4-0 start with a floater in the lane.

4-4 15:36 1st Johnson 2, Ready 2, Jones 2, LaChance 2

I got my first pass of the year from Ready but it goes down as a turnover for the Bulldogs.

12-8 VU 11:43 1st LaChance 5 points

16-10 VU 7:42 1st LaChance 5 points

State has five turnovers in the last six minutes

19-12 VU 3:46 1st LaChance 5 points

No Bulldogs has more than 2 points. MSU  also has 11 turnovers.


Loudest ovation of the afternoon goes to the alumni being honored at halftime.

Halftime stats:

FG% VU 39.1, MSU 34.8

3PT% VU 42.9, MSU 0

FT% VU 50, MSU 40

Rebounds: VU 11, MSU 23

Turnovers: VU 2, MSU 11

Pts off TO’s: VU 10, MSU 2

Paint Pts: VU 10, MSU 8

2nd Chance: VU 2, MSU 6

Fast break: VU 4, MSU 0

Bench: VU 7, MSU 8

Individual scoring:

VU – Riley LaChance 8, Damian Jones 7, James Siakam 4, Matthew Fisher-Davis 3, Jeff Roberson 2, Wade Baldwin IV 2 MSU – Oliver Black 6, I.J. Ready 4, Roquez Johnson 2, Travis Daniels 2, Craig Sword 2, Trivante Bloodman 2

First series of the second half is a Ware turnover and a Vandy 3-pointer.

Daniels hits State’s first 3-pointer pulling the Bulldogs within six.

33-25 VU 15:59 2nd LaChance 10 points

Fred Thomas with a 4-point play pulling MSU within three.

Ware gives State its first lead with a pair of free throws

36-35 MSU 11:56 2nd Jones 11 points

Marketing is killing the atmosphere in the Hump. Fans were excited for the first time but they have to get in ads during timeouts.

Bulldogs on a 14-0 run

42-35 MSU 10:32 2nd Jones 11 points

Manny Diaz on the kiss cam.

42-38 MSU 8:34 2nd Jones 14 points

Roberson with his fourth foul with 8:20 to go

44-40 MSU 7:31 2nd Jones 14 points

Johnson with an old fashioned 3-point play puts State up by six.

50-47 MSU 3:57 2nd Jones 16 points

52-50 MSU 2:07 2nd Jones 19 points

Ready puts State up by 3 with a 3.

55-52 MSU 0:33 2nd Bulldogs ball

55-54 MSU 0:13 2nd Bulldogs ball

LaChance picks up his fourth foul with 9.4 left.

56-54 MSU 9.4 2nd Bulldogs ball

Two big free throws by Ready.

57-54 MSU  9.4 2nd Commodores ball


Final stats

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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