Lawrence Roberts shoots over Tennessee's Brandon Crump. (AP Photo)
Jan. 28, 2004
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's inside-outside combination of Lawrence Roberts and Timmy Bowers scored 38 points to lead the No. 11 Bulldogs to a 82-60 over Tennessee at Starkville.
Roberts scored 20 points on the inside, while Bowers added 18 points as the Bulldogs pulled away from Tennessee in the second half, leading by as many as 27 points.
Mississippi State improved to 17-1 (6-1 SEC) on the season, while Tennessee lost its fourth consecutive game to fall to 10-6 (2-4). The Vols lost to Top 10 foes Kentucky and Louisville last week by a combined four points.
Scooter McFadgon, playing with an injured shooting hand, led the Vols with 20 points. McFadgon connected on 6-of-13 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range, and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Jemere Hendrix recorded his second career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Tonight's game was the Vols' fifth against a ranked team in their last six games. Tennessee is now 1-4 on the road this season.
"I don't know if (the Bulldogs) are as deep as some of those other teams," Tennessee head coach Buzz Peterson said. "But one through seven, they're just as good. Mississippi State is 1 second away from being undefeated. This is a very tough stretch for us," said Peterson, who starts two sophomores, a freshman and no seniors. "We've just go to stay positive."
Mississippi State forced 21 Tennessee turnovers that led to 35 points for the Bulldogs.
The Vols return home Saturday to meet No. 22 Florida in a 3 p.m. (EST) from Thompson-Boling Arena.