Tennessee gets 20th win over Miss State
Nashville, TN-Tennessee jumped out early on Mississippi State and dispatched the Bulldogs, 69-53, in the SEC Tournament Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday afternoon. The Vols (20-11) won for the ninth time in 10 games, secured their 20th victory of the season for the sixth time in eight years and gave head coach Cuonzo Martin his 100th career win as a head coach. Martin is now 100-67 in his career as a head coach.
The Vols advanced to the quarterfinals where Tennessee will play Alabama on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU). The teams split two regular-season meetings with each winning on their home floors: Alabama, 68-65 on Jan. 12 and Tennessee, 54-53 on Jan. 26. In their last meeting in the SEC Tournament, Tennessee posted an 86-62 win in the first round in 2009.
The Vols had four players score in double-figures led by SEC first-team guard Jordan McRae, who had 17. Junior guard Trae Golden netted 15.
Redshirt freshman Quinton Chievous had a career-high with 10 points, as he has 17 points in his last two games after scoring 32 total points for the entire campaign prior to the regular-season finale vs. Missouri.
All-SEC second-teammer Jarnell Stokes added 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Mississippi State (10-22) saw their season come to an end. Craig Sword led the Bulldogs with 19 while Colin Borchert added 12. With just 53 points, Tennessee held an opponent to less than 60 for the 12th time this season, twice against MSU.