(11) Mississippi St 63

(14-3, 2-1 SEC)

Tennessee 64

(9-6, 2-1 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, January 12, 2005

    Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee

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    #11MSST 26 3763
    TENN 42 2264

    Top Performers

    Mississippi St: L. Roberts 22 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tennessee: C. Watson 9 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Vols snap Mississippi State's eight-game streak

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Frustrated after Tennessee's last loss, coach Buzz Peterson punished his players by taking away their practice jerseys because he didn't think they deserved to wear anything with the school's name on it.

    Lesson learned.

    The Volunteers raced to a big lead in the first half Wednesday night and held on to stun Mississippi State (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 11 AP) 64-63 and end the nation's longest road winning streak.

    Tennessee's Scooter McFadgon scored all of his 14 points before halftime and Brandon Crump added 12 in only 16 minutes because of foul trouble.

    The Volunteers (9-6, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who lost their last game by 25 points at home to Vanderbilt, led nearly the entire way to snap the Bulldogs' eight-game overall winning streak.

    Mississippi State's 16-game road winning streak started after a loss at Tennessee in March 2003.

    A win seemed improbable for the Vols since they also had lost to Chattanooga and Nebraska at home.

    "We needed the win badly," Peterson said. "On the jersey deal, I just did not feel we were playing hard enough to wear the Tennessee uniform. I would not even let them wash their jerseys. I told them I was not going to spend university money to wash their jerseys."

    Tennessee befuddled Mississippi State (14-3, 2-1) in the first half and led by 16 at halftime. But the Bulldogs made several runs in the second half and had several chances to win at the end.

    Shane Power hit a 3 and Lawrence Roberts had a lay-in that cut it to 62-60 with 1:54 left. Andre Patterson scored Tennessee's final basket with 1:12 remaining, and the Vols' defense held.

    Power had another 3 that trimmed it to a point with 50 seconds to go. Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury called a timeout, and Crump missed on the other end for Tennessee, giving the Bulldogs a chance.

    Mississippi State got the ball with 7.4 seconds to go, and Patterson batted the ball out on the inbounds pass. The Bulldogs inbounded again, and Ontario Harper missed a jumper. Tennessee's Dane Bradshaw got the rebound but lost it out of bounds, stopping the clock at 2 seconds. On the inbounds, Roberts missed a jumper at the buzzer.

    Roberts led Mississippi State with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Power had 17 points.

    "You learn from it. You cannot wait until the last 15 minutes," Stansbury said. "We did not play defense and execute. We did not score, and we did not have any stops."

    The Vols celebrated their first win over a team ranked 11th or higher since beating then-No. 7 Kentucky in February 2002.

    "We were very fortunate at the end to get this win," Peterson said. "They were a little bit tired and winded at the end. So were we."

    The Tennessee players said they liked Peterson's harsher treatment and believed it made a difference.

    "He challenged us. It was good for us as a team to see what it really means to be a Tennessee basketball player and be able to put on a uniform every day," Crump said. "We tried to come out with a lot of energy."

    Tennessee started strong, looking prepared and organized, and led by as many as 18 in the game. Point guard C.J. Watson helped control the game and had nine assists and nine points.

    The Vols led 42-26 at halftime -- only the third time Mississippi State had trailed at the break.

    Mississippi State was playing its first game without guard Winsome Frazier, the Bulldogs' top 3-point shooter and second-leading scorer. He broke his left foot during a win over Mississippi over the weekend.

    Jamall Edmondson started in his place and finished with six points.

    "You can see the difference without Frazier," Stansbury said. "With Frazier out, it is not the points as much as defense and execution. We will get the points."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 63 64
    FG Made-Attempted 23-49 (.469) 26-59 (.441)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-16 (.250) 6-20 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-20 (.650) 6-9 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 18

    2004-05 Season

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