State Ends Season with 13th Straight Loss

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            STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior day provided a disappointing ending for the Mississippi State men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon.

            MSU rallied from a 12-point first half deficit, grabbed an eight-point lead but could not close out the victory. South Carolina rallied to post a 74-62 win over MSU in the final Southeastern Conference regular season game for each team.

            The South Carolina win ruined the final Humphrey Coliseum appearance for MSU seniors Tyson Cunningham and Colin Borchert. South Carolina improved to 12-19 overall and 5-13 in league play, while MSU fell to 13-18 and 3-15.

            MSU will enter the SEC Tournament as the No. 14 seed and will face No. 11 seed Vanderbilt (15-15, 7-11 SEC) in Wednesday’s opening round at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

            “We have faced a lot of adversity this year,” MSU sophomore Fred Thomas said. “It is tough because there are some little things that we aren’t getting done. We just can’t get over the hump and get that win. We still have a lot of confidence. We are playing hard. Everybody can see that.

            “We just can’t have one player ready to play and amped for the game and another player not.”