- NASHVILLE – Mississippi State reserve forward Romero Osby was a big factor in the first half, when he scored eight points. The sophomore entered averaging 4.2 points per game with just 12 three-pointers all season, but was 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.
“Romero was big for us,” guard Barry Stewart said. “When we’re getting that play out of Romero we’ll be hard to beat.”
Riek takes the floor
- Freshman center John Riek saw his first action since Feb. 6, playing for two minutes in each half. The freshman didn’t dent the stat sheet, except for a foul, but the Bulldogs went on a mini-run while he was on the floor in the first half.
West finally wins
- It was the first win this season for a West Division team over one of the top four teams from the East. Up until that, the West was 0-28 against Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Florida. The other two East teams – South Carolina and Georgia – are a combined 4-10.
- “That game was last season as far as I’m concerned. This is a new season, and we’re competing for a championship.” – MSU’s Barry Stewart, alluding to Saturday’s loss to Tennessee.