WEATHER AUTHORITY : Flood Advisory View Alerts

MSU drops heartbreaker to No. 12 Tennessee

The Bulldogs played the final 19 minutes of the game without freshman guard Nick Weatherspoon, who was injured on a play at the basket and taken to the hospital with a neck injury.

Posted: Mar 9, 2018 10:10 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – A gutsy, inspired effort by the Mississippi State fell short Friday night against No. 12 Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.


Down two points, Xavian Stapleton missed a 3-point shot in the closing seconds as the Bulldogs fell 62-59 to the co-regular season champion Volunteers at the Scottrade Center.

The No. 7 seed Bulldogs took the No. 2 seed Volunteers to the closing seconds after dropping a 22-point decision at home last week in the final week of the regular season.

MSU (22-11) will now await its postseason destination as NCAA and NIT bids will be handed out Sunday night.

The Bulldogs played the final 19 minutes of the game without freshman guard Nick Weatherspoon, who was injured on a play at the basket and taken to the hospital with a neck injury.

Weatherspoon’s injury left the Bulldogs dispirited for a long stretch in the second half.

Lamar Peters hit a couple of 3-pointers as the Bulldogs put things back together for the final 12 minutes and made a great bid for their second tournament victory.

Peters finished with 22 points after scoring 24 points in a second-round win over LSU Thursday night. Quinndary Weatherspoon added 17 points. Abdul Ado had a team-high eight rebounds.

Tennessee used an 8-0 run to build a 15-10 lead. The Bulldogs pulled even at 16 on a layup by Nick Weatherspoon. Tennessee rebuilt the five-point lead and stretched it to seven points twice.

MSU made one 3-point basket in the first half and trailed 31-24 at halftime.

The Bulldogs struggled offensively after the Weatherspoon injury but the Volunteers could not find separation.

A layup by Stapleton had the Bulldogs within four at 44-40 but the Volunteers came right back with five straight.

A 3-point play by Quinndary Weatherspoon had the Bulldogs within 51-49 with 6:34 left.

The Bulldogs trailed by two at 58-56 after a trey by Peters.

UT missed the second of two free throws to set up the potential game-winner.

For the contest, MSU hit 20 of 56 shots from the field (35.7 percent), 5 of 21 shots from 3-point range (23.8 percent) and 14 of 16 shots from the foul line (87.5 percent). Tennessee hit 20 of 60 shots from the field (33.3 percent), 5 of 20 shots from 3-point range (25.0 percent) and 17 of 28 shots from the foul line (60.7 percent).

Tennessee held a 50-33 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had one assist and 16 turnovers, while the Volunteers had 11 assists and 17 turnovers.

Tennessee (24-7) received 15 points from Lamonte Turner, 13 points from Admiral Schofield and 10 points from Grant Williams. Williams collected a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 295295

Reported Deaths: 6724
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19672230
Hinds18799386
Harrison16710278
Rankin12685264
Jackson12592226
Lee9687160
Madison9457199
Jones7962146
Forrest7208136
Lauderdale6833226
Lowndes6022137
Lamar588080
Lafayette5733113
Washington5218130
Bolivar4609123
Oktibbeha441393
Panola430394
Pearl River4167130
Warren4129114
Pontotoc408869
Marshall403192
Monroe3989126
Union395374
Neshoba3807168
Lincoln3541102
Hancock347374
Leflore3375118
Sunflower318386
Tate302474
Pike300195
Scott293870
Alcorn291861
Itawamba289975
Yazoo289262
Tippah278765
Copiah277857
Coahoma277568
Simpson274878
Prentiss269758
Wayne253841
Marion252678
Leake252471
Covington248879
Grenada247377
Adams234377
George231745
Newton229652
Winston221675
Jasper213445
Tishomingo212365
Attala206569
Chickasaw201151
Holmes182270
Clay179150
Stone172429
Tallahatchie170539
Clarke169371
Calhoun157828
Smith152731
Yalobusha144836
Greene127633
Walthall124140
Noxubee122829
Montgomery122438
Perry121634
Lawrence120321
Carroll118225
Amite111533
Webster110630
Jefferson Davis101731
Tunica99023
Claiborne98429
Benton93324
Humphreys92827
Kemper90223
Quitman77114
Franklin76119
Choctaw69516
Jefferson62527
Wilkinson62426
Sharkey48817
Issaquena1676
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 493769

Reported Deaths: 9931
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson710731374
Mobile36139727
Madison32425455
Tuscaloosa24184410
Montgomery22586500
Shelby21968215
Baldwin19758283
Lee14967153
Morgan13667251
Calhoun13300286
Etowah13184319
Marshall11262209
Houston10104261
Elmore9385185
Limestone9363134
Cullman8897181
St. Clair8827223
Lauderdale8607211
DeKalb8459175
Talladega7523163
Walker6524255
Jackson6495102
Autauga627091
Blount6102127
Colbert6004118
Coffee5249102
Dale4642107
Russell404930
Franklin399177
Covington3960106
Chilton3876100
Escambia377672
Tallapoosa3588142
Clarke343650
Chambers3413110
Dallas3403141
Pike293472
Lawrence283484
Marion281995
Winston246867
Bibb245060
Geneva239970
Marengo236455
Pickens224654
Barbour211651
Hale210568
Fayette200756
Butler196866
Henry182441
Cherokee177038
Monroe166139
Randolph163740
Washington156535
Crenshaw144854
Clay144454
Macon142043
Cleburne137839
Lamar132833
Lowndes131151
Wilcox121825
Bullock116936
Conecuh106724
Perry105627
Sumter98531
Coosa88923
Greene88232
Choctaw55123
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 37°
Columbus
Partly Cloudy
38° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 33°
Oxford
Partly Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 30°
Starkville
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 36°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather