Jan. 12, 2005
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Scooter McFadgon scored 14 points and Brandon Crump added 12 as Tennessee ended the nation's longest road winning streak with a 64-63 victory over No. 11 Mississippi State on Wednesday.
The Volunteers (9-6, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who had lost in their last game by 25 points at home to Vanderbilt, led nearly the entire game to snap the Bulldogs' eight-game overall winning streak.
Mississippi State's road win streak started after a loss at Tennessee in March 2003.
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.
The Vols celebrated their first win over a team ranked 11th or higher since beating then-No. 7 Kentucky in February 2002.
Roberts led Mississippi State with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Power had 17 points.
Tennessee came out 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.
McFadgon scored all of his points in the first half and made his first six shots.
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.