UPDATE: Johnson, No. 4 Tennessee rout Miss. St. 75-48

By Chris Talbott/The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — Glory Johnson had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 4 Tennessee to an easy 75-48 win over Mississippi State on Sunday.

It was the fifth straight win for the Volunteers (14-1, 2-0), who also got 16 from Angie Bjorklund and extended their streak in the Southeastern Conference’s most lopsided series. The Bulldogs (11-5, 1-1) still haven’t beaten Tennessee, dropping to 0-31 since the teams began playing in 1986.

Johnson helped break the game open late in the first half with a personal 8-2 run against Mississippi State that included four layups. That run was part of a larger 19-7 spurt to finish the first half, leaving the Vols with a 39-18 lead and Johnson with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Alexis Rack led Mississippi State with 19.

Mississippi State was coming off a 14-point upset of No. 17 Vanderbilt with some momentum and a three-game winning streak, but the Bulldogs missed 16 of their first 22 shots and never recovered.

Read more in the Monday NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.

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