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Perry, Stewart power Mississippi State past Tennessee 86-73

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Reggie Perry had 24 points with 12 rebounds and D.J. Stewart had a career-high 20 points to lead Mississippi State to an 86-73 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

Perry's output marked the seventh time in the last 10 games he has scored at least 20 points. The sophomore forward also collected his 12th double-double of the season and 21st of his career. Stewart was 6 of 9 shooting and made 4 of 5 shots from 3-point distance.

''I just wanted to get to the line as much as I could,'' said Perry, who was 12 of 15 at the free throw line. ''They tried to keep it out of my hands in the first half and we had to adjust. But basically, I just tried to get to the line.''

Robert Woodard added 14 points for Mississippi State (14-7 overall, 5-3 in the SEC), which has won five straight conference games. Nick Weatherspoon had 11 points, eight rebounds and a career-high nine assists for the Bulldogs.

Uros Plavsic and Santiago Vescovi each had 16 points for Tennessee (12-9, 4-4), which has dropped three straight games. Jalen Johnson added 13 for the Volunteers and Jordan Bowden had 12.

''Obviously a really, really big win for us against a really good program,'' Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. ''They did a good job coming out early and playing inside-out, and got (Abdul) Ado in foul trouble. Our defense was not nearly as good with Ado out but it was our defense in the second half. We played much better defensively in the second half and that gave us more opportunities in transition.''

Trailing by six at halftime, Mississippi State stormed out of the gates in the second half. A 10-0 run capped by back-to-back buckets by Perry gave the Bulldogs a 45-40 advantage with 13:21 left. A Vescovi 3-pointer cut the Mississippi State lead to 45-43 but Stewart responded with back-to-back 3-pointers. That jump-started a 14-3 run by Mississippi State and Tennessee never got within 10 points the remainder of the game.

The Bulldogs shot 57% for the game and made a sizzling 69% in the second half. Mississippi State made 5 of 12 beyond the arc and made 25 of 30 free throws. The Bulldogs also held a 36-24 rebounding advantage and out-rebounded the Volunteers 23-8 in the second half. Tennessee shot 47% from the floor and made 10 of 22 from 3-point territory. The Volunteers had just six turnovers and made 9 of 13 at the free throw line.

''Really dominating performance by Mississippi State in the second half,'' said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes. ''I'm really proud of our guys the way we started the game because we had to change things in the lineup. But I was proud of the way the young guys responded. They just dominated us inside, though, and we had no answer for it.''

Starting freshman guard Josiah-Jordan James did not start for Tennessee due to a groin injury and Barnes said he was ''day to day''.

The first half featured several runs by both teams and the lead changed hands five times with three ties. After Mississippi State took an early 13-6 lead, the Volunteers responded with a 15-4 spurt and held a 21-17 lead with 7:36 left in the opening half.

The Bulldogs answered with a 7-0 run to hold a 23-21 advantage but it would be Mississippi State's final lead of the half. Tennessee closed the half on a 13-5 run and led 34-28 at halftime.

Tennessee shot 52% in the first half and made 5 of 9 shots beyond the arc. Mississippi State made 44% from the floor and made just 1 of 7 attempts beyond the arc. The Volunteers held a 16-13 rebounding advantage in the first half and both teams had five turnovers.

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee: The Volunteers find themselves on a three-game losing streak and remain on the road next week. Saturday's loss also snapped Tennessee's four-game winning streak against Mississippi State.

Mississippi State: Since inserting Stewart in the starting lineup, Mississippi State has won five straight SEC games. The Bulldogs opened with an 0-3 conference mark.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: At Alabama on Tuesday.

Mississippi State: At No. 13 Kentucky on Tuesday.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Mississippi State  
19:44 +2 Robert Woodard II made jump shot, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 0-2
19:31   Bad pass turnover on Santiago Vescovi  
19:04 +2 Nick Weatherspoon made jump shot 0-4
18:34 +3 Yves Pons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Santiago Vescovi 3-4
18:13   Out of bounds turnover on D.J. Stewart Jr.  
17:48   Shooting foul on Abdul Ado  
17:48 +1 Uros Plavsic made 1st of 2 free throws 4-4
17:48   Uros Plavsic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:48   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
17:29   Reggie Perry missed jump shot  
17:27   Defensive rebound by Santiago Vescovi  
17:17   Santiago Vescovi missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:15   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
17:11   Offensive foul on Abdul Ado  
17:11   Turnover on Abdul Ado  
16:59   Jordan Bowden missed layup, blocked by Reggie Perry  
16:57   Defensive rebound by Nick Weatherspoon  
16:49   Tyson Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:47   Defensive rebound by John Fulkerson  
16:36 +2 Uros Plavsic made layup, assist by John Fulkerson 6-4
16:07 +3 Nick Weatherspoon made 3-pt. jump shot 6-7
15:52   John Fulkerson missed layup, blocked by Robert Woodard II  
15:50   Defensive rebound by Tyson Carter  
15:41   D.J. Stewart Jr. missed jump shot  
15:39   Defensive rebound by Yves Pons  
15:30   Uros Plavsic missed jump shot  
15:28   Defensive rebound by Tyson Carter  
15:17   Reggie Perry missed layup  
15:15   Offensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
15:15   Personal foul on Jordan Bowden  
15:12 +2 Robert Woodard II made jump shot 6-9
15:01   Bad pass turnover on Santiago Vescovi  
14:37 +2 Reggie Perry made hook shot, assist by D.J. Stewart Jr. 6-11
14:24   John Fulkerson missed jump shot  
14:22   Defensive rebound by Nick Weatherspoon  
14:15   Tyson Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:13   Defensive rebound by John Fulkerson  
14:02   Offensive foul on Yves Pons  
14:02   Turnover on Yves Pons  
13:43 +2 Reggie Perry made dunk, assist by Tyson Carter 6-13
13:21   Personal foul on Reggie Perry  
13:07   Jordan Bowden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:05   Defensive rebound by Robert Woodard II  
12:41   Prince Oduro missed layup  
12:39   Defensive rebound by John Fulkerson  
12:29 +3 Jalen Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Yves Pons 9-13
11:56   Nick Weatherspoon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:54   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bowden  
11:38   Personal foul on D.J. Stewart Jr.  
11:22 +2 Santiago Vescovi made layup 11-13
10:49 +2 Reggie Perry made layup 11-15
10:29   John Fulkerson missed jump shot  
10:27   Offensive rebound by Drew Pember  
10:22 +3 Santiago Vescovi made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Drew Pember 14-15
9:57 +2 Iverson Molinar made jump shot 14-17
9:36 +2 Santiago Vescovi made jump shot 16-17
9:14   Tyson Carter missed jump shot  
9:12   Defensive rebound by Santiago Vescovi  
8:50 +3 Yves Pons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Santiago Vescovi 19-17
8:27   Reggie Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Tennessee  
8:10   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Bowden, stolen by Nick Weatherspoon  
8:10   Personal foul on Jordan Bowden  
7:43   Lost ball turnover on Robert Woodard II, stolen by Jalen Johnson  
7:36 +2 Olivier Nkamhoua made layup, assist by Jalen Johnson 21-17
7:18   Shooting foul on Olivier Nkamhoua  
7:18   Reggie Perry missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:18   Reggie Perry missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:18   Offensive rebound by Abdul Ado  
7:10   Personal foul on Santiago Vescovi  
6:57   Shooting foul on John Fulkerson  
6:57 +1 Reggie Perry made 1st of 2 free throws 21-18
6:57 +1 Reggie Perry made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-19
6:46   Santiago Vescovi missed layup, blocked by Nick Weatherspoon  
6:44   Defensive rebound by D.J. Stewart Jr.  
6:34   Shooting foul on Yves Pons  
6:34 +1 Reggie Perry made 1st of 2 free throws 21-20
6:34 +1 Reggie Perry made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-21
6:14   Santiago Vescovi missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:12   Defensive rebound by Nick Weatherspoon  
6:07   Personal foul on Uros Plavsic  
6:07 +1 D.J. Stewart Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 21-22
6:07 +1 D.J. Stewart Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-23
5:53   John Fulkerson missed jump shot  
5:51   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
5:24   Reggie Perry missed hook shot  
5:22   Defensive rebound by Davonte Gaines  
5:11 +3 Jalen Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Bowden 24-23
4:45   Robert Woodard II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:43   Defensive rebound by Davonte Gaines  
4:33   Jalen Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:31   Defensive rebound by Nick Weatherspoon  
4:21   Tyson Carter missed jump shot  
4:19   Defensive rebound by Uros Plavsic  
4:02 +2 John Fulkerson made hook shot 26-23
3:33 +2 D.J. Stewart Jr. made layup, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 26-25
3:02 +2 Uros Plavsic made jump shot 28-25
2:36 +2 Tyson Carter made jump shot, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 28-27
2:35   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Bowden, stolen by Robert Woodard II  
2:19   Bad pass turnover on Robert Woodard II, stolen by John Fulkerson  
2:10   Uros Plavsic missed jump shot  
2:08   Offensive rebound by John Fulkerson  
2:02 +2 John Fulkerson made layup 30-27
1:32   Shooting foul on Davonte Gaines  
1:32 +1 KeyShawn Feazell made 1st of 2 free throws 30-28
1:32   KeyShawn Feazell missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:32   Defensive rebound by Jalen Johnson  
1:08 +2 Jalen Johnson made layup 32-28
49.0   Bad pass turnover on Nick Weatherspoon, stolen by Jalen Johnson  
27.0   Santiago Vescovi missed jump shot  
25.0   Offensive rebound by Uros Plavsic  
20.0 +2 Uros Plavsic made layup 34-28
3.0   Tyson Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1.0   Defensive rebound by Santiago Vescovi  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:39   Shooting foul on Abdul Ado  
19:39 +1 Uros Plavsic made 1st of 2 free throws 35-28
19:39   Uros Plavsic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:39   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
19:24 +2 Nick Weatherspoon made layup 35-30
19:02   Yves Pons missed jump shot  
19:00   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
18:54 +3 D.J. Stewart Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 35-33
18:39   Personal foul on Nick Weatherspoon  
18:29   Santiago Vescovi missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:27   Offensive rebound by John Fulkerson  
18:19 +3 Santiago Vescovi made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Bowden 38-33
18:06   Personal foul on Santiago Vescovi  
17:53   D.J. Stewart Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:51   Offensive rebound by D.J. Stewart Jr.  
17:48   D.J. Stewart Jr. missed layup  
17:46   Offensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
17:39   Reggie Perry missed layup  
17:37   Offensive rebound by D.J. Stewart Jr.  
17:41   Shooting foul on John Fulkerson  
17:41 +1 Reggie Perry made 1st of 2 free throws 38-34
17:41 +1 Reggie Perry made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-35
17:20   Uros Plavsic missed jump shot  
17:18   Offensive rebound by Uros Plavsic  
17:12 +2 Uros Plavsic made layup 40-35
16:42   Personal foul on John Fulkerson  
16:37   Shooting foul on Santiago Vescovi  
16:37 +1 D.J. Stewart Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 40-36
16:37 +1 D.J. Stewart Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-37
16:25   Jalen Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:23   Defensive rebound by Nick Weatherspoon  
16:17   Shooting foul on Uros Plavsic  
16:17 +1 Reggie Perry made 1st of 2 free throws 40-38
16:17 +1 Reggie Perry made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-39
15:58   Personal foul on Nick Weatherspoon  
15:44   Uros Plavsic missed hook shot  
15:42   Defensive rebound by Abdul Ado  
15:32   Reggie Perry missed layup  
15:30   Offensive rebound by Abdul Ado  
15:29   Shooting foul on Uros Plavsic  
15:29 +1 Abdul Ado made 1st of 2 free throws 40-40
15:29 +1 Abdul Ado made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-41
15:04   Yves Pons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:02   Defensive rebound by Nick Weatherspoon  
14:54 +2 Reggie Perry made layup, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 40-43
14:37   Yves Pons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:35   Defensive rebound by D.J. Stewart Jr.  
14:24 +2 Reggie Perry made layup, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 40-45
14:24   Shooting foul on Olivier Nkamhoua  
14:24   Reggie Perry missed free throw  
14:24   Defensive rebound by Jalen Johnson  
14:01   Personal foul on Tyson Carter  
13:46   John Fulkerson missed layup  
13:44   Offensive rebound by Jalen Johnson  
13:38 +3 Santiago Vescovi made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jalen Johnson 43-45
13:09 +2 Robert Woodard II made dunk, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 43-47
13:00 +2 Drew Pember made layup, assist by Jalen Johnson 45-47
12:37 +3 D.J. Stewart Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 45-50
12:16   John Fulkerson missed layup  
12:14   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
12:09 +3 D.J. Stewart Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Reggie Perry 45-53
11:57 +2 Jordan Bowden made jump shot 47-53
11:30   Abdul Ado missed hook shot  
11:28   Offensive rebound by Nick Weatherspoon  
11:12 +2 Robert Woodard II made layup, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 47-55
10:59 +2 Jordan Bowden made layup, assist by Jalen Johnson 49-55
10:40 +2 Nick Weatherspoon made jump shot 49-57
10:16   Uros Plavsic missed hook shot  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Robert Woodard II  
9:50 +2 Robert Woodard II made jump shot 49-59
9:24 +3 Santiago Vescovi made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Uros Plavsic 52-59
9:23   Shooting foul on Nick Weatherspoon  
9:23   Santiago Vescovi missed free throw  
9:23   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
9:08   Bad pass turnover on Reggie Perry, stolen by Santiago Vescovi  
9:09   Turnover on Santiago Vescovi  
8:46 +2 Tyson Carter made layup 52-61
8:24   John Fulkerson missed hook shot  
8:22   Defensive rebound by Abdul Ado  
8:10 +2 D.J. Stewart Jr. made jump shot 52-63
7:54   Yves Pons missed jump shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Mississippi State  
7:30 +2 Robert Woodard II made layup, assist by Tyson Carter 52-65
7:30   Shooting foul on John Fulkerson  
7:30   Robert Woodard II missed free throw  
7:30   Offensive rebound by Abdul Ado  
7:27 +2 Abdul Ado made layup 52-67
7:12   Santiago Vescovi missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:10   Offensive rebound by Yves Pons  
7:08   Personal foul on Reggie Perry  
7:01 +2 Jordan Bowden made jump shot, assist by Uros Plavsic 54-67
6:31   Tyson Carter missed jump shot, blocked by Yves Pons  
6:29   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bowden  
6:19   Shooting foul on Reggie Perry  
6:19 +1 Uros Plavsic made 1st of 2 free throws 55-67
6:19 +1 Uros Plavsic made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-67
5:52 +3 D.J. Stewart Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Abdul Ado 56-70
5:36 +2 Jordan Bowden made jump shot 58-70
5:06 +2 Reggie Perry made dunk, assist by Abdul Ado 58-72
4:50   Shooting foul on Abdul Ado  
4:50 +1 John Fulkerson made 1st of 2 free throws 59-72
4:50 +1 John Fulkerson made 2nd of 2 free throws 60-72
4:40 +2 Robert Woodard II made layup, assist by Reggie Perry 60-74
4:20   Jalen Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:18   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
3:56   Robert Woodard II missed layup  
3:54   Offensive rebound by Abdul Ado  
3:53 +2 Abdul Ado made layup 60-76
3:41   Personal foul on D.J. Stewart Jr.  
3:41 +1 Jordan Bowden made 1st of 2 free throws 61-76
3:41   Jordan Bowden missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:41   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
3:23   Shooting foul on Yves Pons  
3:23 +1 Reggie Perry made 1st of 2 free throws 61-77
3:23 +1 Reggie Perry made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-78
3:15 +3 Jalen Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Santiago Vescovi 64-78
2:59   Lost ball turnover on D.J. Stewart Jr., stolen by Jalen Johnson  
2:46 +2 Uros Plavsic made layup, assist by Santiago Vescovi 66-78
2:15   Robert Woodard II missed jump shot  
2:13   Defensive rebound by Yves Pons  
2:01   Uros Plavsic missed jump shot  
1:59   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
1:35   Bad pass turnover on Nick Weatherspoon, stolen by Jalen Johnson  
1:29 +2 Uros Plavsic made dunk, assist by Jalen Johnson 68-78
1:25   Personal foul on Jordan Bowden  
1:25 +1 Reggie Perry made 1st of 2 free throws 68-79
1:25 +1 Reggie Perry made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-80
1:13   Jordan Bowden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:11   Defensive rebound by Tyson Carter  
1:01   Personal foul on Jalen Johnson  
1:01 +1 Tyson Carter made 1st of 2 free throws 68-81
1:01 +1 Tyson Carter made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-82
53.0   Shooting foul on Nick Weatherspoon  
53.0 +1 Jalen Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 69-82
53.0 +1 Jalen Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 70-82
53.0   Personal foul on Jalen Johnson  
53.0 +1 Tyson Carter made 1st of 2 free throws 70-83
52.0 +1 Tyson Carter made 2nd of 2 free throws 70-84
42.0   Santiago Vescovi missed 3-pt. jump shot  
40.0   Offensive rebound by Santiago Vescovi  
31.0   Santiago Vescovi missed jump shot  
29.0   Defensive rebound by Nick Weatherspoon  
33.0   Personal foul on Jalen Johnson  
33.0 +1 Nick Weatherspoon made 1st of 2 free throws 70-85
33.0 +1 Nick Weatherspoon made 2nd of 2 free throws 70-86
26.0 +3 Jordan Bowden made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Santiago Vescovi 73-86
0.0   End of period