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Mississippi State vs Vanderbilt

Mississippi State tops Vandy 82-68 in SEC tourney

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
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ATLANTA (AP) Craig Sword scored 20 points and Mississippi State ended a 13-game losing streak by beating Vanderbilt 82-68 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Roquez Johnson had 18 points and Fred Thomas had 16 for Mississippi State (14-18). The 14th-seeded Bulldogs took their first win since beating Auburn on Jan. 22.

Mississippi State plays No. 6 seed Mississippi (18-13) Thursday. It will be only the second time the Bulldogs have played Ole Miss in the SEC tournament, following a 73-64 win over the Rebels in the 2003 tournament.

Damian Jones had 16 points and Rod Odom and Dai-Jon Parker had 15 for Vanderbilt (15-16), the No. 11 seed, which closed its season with five straight losses.

Mississippi State's 13-game losing streak was the longest to close a regular season in school history. The three losses this month, to Missouri, Georgia and South Carolina, were all by double-digit margins.

Mississippi State led 36-31 at halftime and then opened the second half with 10 straight points, stretching the lead to 15 points. Johnson had three baskets in the run.

Vanderbilt first point of the half came on a free throw by Kyle Fuller, who had 11 points. The Commodores went more than 5 minutes into the half without a field goal before Odom's 3-pointer ended the drought.

Odom's shot was the first in a string of four 3-pointers that helped Vanderbilt close the deficit to six points at 50-44. The Commodores again pulled to within six at 52-46 on two free throws by Odom midway through the half.

The Bulldogs answered with a basket and free throw by Sword and stretched the lead back to 17 points at 72-55 and kept the lead in double figures the remainder of the game.

Vanderbilt ended a streak of four straight years with at least one win in the SEC tournament.

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Mississippi State (14-18) «364682
Vanderbilt (15-16)313768
MISSST:C. Sword 20 Pts
MISSST:I. Ready 6 Reb
MISSST:C. Sword 6 Ast
VANDY:D. Jones 16 Pts
VANDY:J. Siakam 5 Reb
VANDY:K. Fuller 3 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Mississippi StateVanderbilt
MISSST
Craig Sword
VANDY
Damian Jones
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
20461640
Mississippi State Bulldogs
F. Thomas, G365-82-223116
C. Sword, G358-133-446020
G. Ware, F305-81-340411
R. Johnson, F218-102-351218
I. Ready, G202-42-26206
C. Borchert, F262-60-05535
T. Bloodman, G212-52-21416
J. Davis, G90-00-01020
T. Cunningham, G20-00-01000
A. Applewhite, GDid Not Play
K. Dobbs, GDid Not Play
T. Moore, GDid Not Play
F. Ndoye, FDid Not Play
D. Prater, GDid Not Play
D. Wilson, FDid Not Play
Totals 32-5412-1629211382
 59.3%75.0% 
Vanderbilt Commodores
R. Odom, F374-124-633115
D. Parker, G366-110-033215
L. Kornet, F292-70-02146
D. Jones, C277-122-440416
K. Fuller, G264-93-433111
J. Siakam, F182-31-25225
C. Josephs, G150-00-00100
N. Watkins, G100-20-04020
S. Moats, F20-00-00100
J. Henderson, CDid Not Play
E. McClellan, GDid Not Play
R. Cross, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-5610-1624141668
 44.6%62.5% 
Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky0-011-01
Arkansas0-07-217
LSU0-07-215
Texas A&M0-07-254
Vanderbilt0-07-2136
Alabama0-06-335
Ole Miss0-06-3111
Georgia0-05-352
S. Carolina0-05-390
Florida0-06-4126
Miss. State0-05-4104
Missouri0-05-5156
Tennessee0-04-469
Auburn0-04-5162