Live from the Hump

Humphrey Coliseum

Humphrey Coliseum

I’ve arrived on press row for today’s game against Tennessee. With 30 minutes still left until tip, the crowd is pretty thin at the Hump. Mississippi State is supposed to recognize the 1991 SEC Championship team today as well. The Bulldogs are also wearing special throwback uniforms commemorating “The Game of Change”. During warm-ups, Craig Sword is not wearing goggles but Gavin Ware is. Joe Strugg is still in a walking boot on his right foot. Remember that today’s game is televised on SEC Network.

Stay tuned for updates…

Starting lineups:

Mississippi State (7-8, 0-3)

11- Quinndary Weatherspoon, G, 6-4, 202, Fr.

14- Malik Newman, G, 6-3, 190, Fr.

15- I.J. Ready, 5-11, 170, Jr.

20- Gavin Ware, 6-9, 260, Sr.

32- Craig Sword, 6-3, 197, Sr.

Tennessee (8-8, 1-3)

0- Kevin Punter Jr., G, 6-2, 190, Sr.

3- Robert Hubbs III, G, 6-4, 207, Jr.

5- Admiral Schofield, F, 6-5, 240, Fr.

15- Detrick Mostella, G, 6-1, 175, So.

34- Devon Baulkman, G, 6-4, 200, Sr.

This is alumni weekend and a lot of former players were recognized on the court prior to tipoff.

Elijah Staley is wearing No. 5 today.

Tennessee opens with a 3-pointer. Gavin Ware answers with a bucket in the paint.

The Vols get another trey on their second trip down the floor.

Old fashioned 3-point play by Quinndary Weatherspoon. Dogs down 1.

Tennessee starts the game 4 of 5 behind the arc.

14-9 UT 15:48 1st Baulkman 6 points

Craig Sword with his second foul at the 14:54 mark

21-9 UT 13:23 1st Punter 7 points.

Vols now 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

23-11 UT 11:51 1st Punter 9 points

Weatherspoon’s 3-pointer cuts the deficit to eight.

A lot of empty possessions on the offensive end for MSU.

27-17 UT 7:57 1st Punter 9 points

Football recruits enter the coliseum and receive a standing ovation from the crowd.

Ready is good from deep and cuts the lead to five.

33-25 UT 3:13 1st Punter 15 points


FG% UT 50, MSU 35.7

3PT% UT 42.9, MSU 22.2

FT% UT 75, MSU 71.4

Rebounds: UT 15, MSU 17

Turnovers: UT 5, MSU 5

Pts off TOs: UT 4, MSU 4

Paint Pts: UT 8, MSU 8

2nd Chance: UT 7, MSU 4

Fast break: UT 0, MSU 0

Bench: UT 5, MSU 3

Individual scoring: UT – Kevin Punter 15, Detrick Mostella 8, Devon Baulkman 6, Robert Hubbs III 4, Shembari Phillips 3, Kyle Alexander 2. MSU – Quinndary Weatherspoon 9, I.J. Ready 7, Gavin Ware 4, Malik Newman 4, Travis Daniels 2, Johnny Zuppardo 1

MSU gets a stop and a Weatherspoon lay-up to start the second half.

43-35 UT 15:33 2nd Punter 15 points

Tennessee now with eight 3-pointers.

Every time MSU has cut the lead to single digits, the Vols have hit a 3-pointer.

51-41 UT 11:50 2nd Mostella 16 points

Sword misses a fast break dunk and is still scoreless

51-41 UT 10:56 2nd Mostella 16 points

Zuppardo, who left the game with an ankle injury earlier, just checked back in.

Newman’s 3-pointer cuts the lead to five.

53-50 UT 7:44 2nd Mostella 16 points

Sword converts the 3-point play. Dogs cut the lead to two.

UT answers with another 3.

Sword picks up his fourth foul with 6:24 left.

MSU within one.

66-60 UT 3:34 2nd Punter 21 points

Ware picks up his fourth foul with 3:34 left

Baulkman with his fourth foul with 3:03 left.

Weatherspoon 3 cuts the lead to four.

71-67 UT 1:34 2nd Punter 21 points

Another Weatherspoon 3 cuts the lead to three with 54 seconds left.

73-70 UT 0:54 2nd UT ball

Tennessee has made its last six shots.

77-71 0:21 2nd MSU ball


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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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