Mar 13, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mississippi Rebels forward Aaron Jones (34) and Mississippi State Bulldogs forward Gavin Ware (20) fight for a rebound during the second half in the second round of the SEC college basketball tournament at Georgia Dome. Mississippi defeated Mississippi State 78-66. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

State's Season Ends

After shooting lights out in the first half and taking a big lead, MSU went cold in the 2nd half and lost to Ole Miss 78-66.

The Dawgs came out in the first half and it looked like they would be able to secure another win in the SEC Tournament. It was 44-35 at halftime, and then a 7-3 start to the 2nd half made it 51-38 for MSU’s largest lead of the game. From there the Bulldogs went ice cold and while they picked up a few free throws they did not make a field goal for nearly 10 minutes, allowing Ole Miss to mount a comeback and take a lead. Things never heated up and Ole Miss ends up with a 12 point win.

The lack of depth really hurt State in the 2nd half. Having to play back-to-back nights we were a different team in the 2nd half. You have to think that with a full compliment of players we win that game.

Fred Thomas was hot in the first half – he and Craig Sword lead MSU with 16 points. Marshall Henderson shot a record 19 three-pointers and hit seven of them to get 21 points.

Mississippi State’s season ends with a 14-19 record. We’ll have more on the blog later today.

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