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I’ve arrived courtside for the last of the a three-game homestand for Mississippi State. Tonight the Bulldogs take on Vanderbilt on the SEC Network. With 20 minutes left before tip, the stands are very slim. Looks like a Christmas break type of crowd. Travis Daniels is going through warm-ups so that’s a good sign. I’ll also be headed over to Tuscaloosa on Saturday so I’ll be skipping out on the doubleheader baseball game that day. Stay tuned tonight for updates throughout the game as I once again try and defy the deadline monkey during this 8 p.m. tip.

Starting lineups:

Vanderbilt: 15-10, 7-5 SEC

3- Luke Kornet, F, 7-1, 240, Jr.

4- Wade Baldwin IV, g, 6-3, 194, So.

5- Matthew Fisher-Davis, G, 6-5, 185, So.

11- Jeff Roberson, F, 6-6, 220, So.

30- Damian Jones, C, 7-0, 237, Jr.

Mississippi State: 10-14, 3-9 SEC

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

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

23- Travis Daniels, G, 6-7, 225, Sr.

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

35- Aric Holman, F, 6-10, 212, Fr.

MSU controls the tip but Sword misses a lay-up.

Kornet misses a long 3 on Vandy’s first possession.

Daniels gets a baby hook to fall for the game’s first points.

Gavin Ware checks into the game.

6-4 VU 15:50 1st Jones 4 points

12-5 VU 13:37 1st Roberson 5 points

16-5 VU 12:10 1st Jones 6 points

SEC commish Greg Sankey is here. So is Stingray.

Johnny Zuppardo hits a 3. State down 21-10.

Newman with an old fashioned 3-point play. State down 21-13.

23-17 VU 7:20 1st Roberson 9 points

Ware with a conventional 3-point play, State down five.

That deficit quickly ballooned back to 11 with two straight 3’s by Fisher-Davis.

33-22 VU 3:34 1st Fisher-Davis 11 points

Weatherspoon with the hoop, harm and free throw. State down eight.

Ware leaves the game after getting poked in the eye.

Weatherspoon for 3. State down nine.

41-32 VU 0:10 1st Fisher-Davis 17 points

HALFTIME: VANDERBILT 41, MISSISSIPPI STATE 32

FG% 45.5 VU, 44.4 MSU

3PT% 40 VU, 33.3 MSU

FT% 83.3 VU, 85.7 MSU

Rebounds: 20 VU, 15 MSU

Turnovers: 3 VU, 6 MSU

Pts off TOs: 8 VU, 4 MSU

Paint Pts: 10 VU, 20 MSU

2nd chance: 2 VU, 0 MSU

Fast break: 2 VU, 0 MSU

Bench: 5 VU, 13 MSU

Individual leaders: VU – Matthew Fisher-Smith 17, Jeff Roberson 9, Damian Jones 6, Wade Baldwin IV 4, Nolan Cressler 2, Josh Henderson 2, Riley LaChance 1; MSU – Quinndary Weatherspoon 10, Gavin Ware 10, Travis Daniels 4, Malik Newman 3, Johnny Zuppardo 3, Craig Sword 2

Vandy opens the second half with a 3. So does State with Sword.

54-38 VU 2nd Fisher-Davis 17 points

Weatherspoon with a trey in the corner. State down 12.

62-50 VU 11:23 2nd Fisher-Davis 17 points

Referees and MSU’s play have both been on par with one another. Both have been bad.

Sword with his fourth foul with 11:23 left.

Alley oop to Sword. State down 10.

66-56 VU 7:49 2nd Fisher-Davis 20 points

Sword fouls out with 7:22 left.

66-60 VU 6:53 2nd Fisher-Davis 20 points

Kornet also has four fouls for VU.

Roberson with his fourth foul with 6:03 left.

Weatherspoon with a deep 3. State down six.

71-67 VU 4:16 2nd Weatherspoon 21 points

71-67 VU 3:59 2nd Weathrspoon 21 points

Ready hits a 3 from the top of the key. State down 1.

73-70 VU 1:48 2nd Weatherspoon 21 points

73-72 VU 0:39 2nd Vandy ball

Weatherspoon hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Mississippi State wins 75-74.

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 75, VANDERBILT 74

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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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