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Mississippi State downs Vanderbilt in OT

Jan 22, 2012 - 5:04 AM Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Dee Bost's layup with 51 seconds remaining in overtime turned out to be the game-winner as No. 18 Mississippi State overcame a double-digit halftime deficit to take down Vanderbilt, 78-77.

Vanderbilt had a few chances to win it following missed free throws by Bost and Arnett Moultrie in the extra period, but John Jenkins' shot at the buzzer was off the mark.

Bost finished with 24 points while Moultrie provided 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs (16-4, 3-2 SEC), who were 9-of-10 from beyond the arc in the second half and overtime.

"Sidney had two fouls off the bat to start the game and we were short-handed from there. We were down 11 at the half. I thought we had played hard and we played well. The difference was they made shots. I didn't know if they would keep it up in the second half, but I knew we could make more shots," Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury said.

Jenkins had 21 points, Jeffery Taylor netted 19 and Festus Ezeli poured in 12 points to go with 14 rebounds for Vanderbilt (14-5, 4-1), which had its eight- game winning streak snapped.

"Congratulations to Mississippi State. They played well in the second half and overtime," Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings said. "Our defensive effort in the second half, especially at the start of the second half, was brutal, so we got what we deserved. We fell in love with the three-point shot. I'm not sure if we thought it was going to be easy or something... We shouldn't have to learn that lesson."

Back-to-back three-pointers by Lance Goulbourne and Jenkins -- his fifth trey of the contest -- tied the game at 68 with 32.8 seconds to play in regulation.

Neither team scored on their final possession, sending the game into overtime.

Renardo Sidney knocked down a straightaway three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 76-74 lead with 1:22 to go in overtime, but Lance Gouldbourne quickly gave Vanderbilt the lead right back with a three-pointer from the right wing to make it a 77-76 game with 1:11 to play.

The pendulum swung back in the Bulldogs' favor as Bost finished a back-door play off a nice Sidney pass from the right wing to make it 78-77.

Brad Tinsley's three-pointer from the top of the key clanked off the back of the rim on the other end, but Bost missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to give Vanderbilt life with 16 seconds to play.

Tinsley got into the paint off a nice spin move, but his layup didn't fall. Moultrie was fouled with 3.4 left, but he too missed the front end of a 1- and-1 to give the Commodores one last shot.

On the inbounds play following a Vanderbilt timeout with 2.8 remaining, Goulbourne made the patented one-handed football pass to Ezeli in the high post. Ezeli then dished to Jenkins, who's mid-air three-point attempt from the top of the key missed to the right.

Vanderbilt held a double-digit advantage for most of the opening half before taking a 39-28 lead into the locker room.

The Bulldogs came out scorching in the second half and scored the first 12 points of the stanza. Rodney Hood's three-pointer gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the contest, 42-39 with 17:17 remaining in regulation. All in all, it was a 20-2 run for Mississippi State as it led 48-41 with 15:24 to go.

The Commodores, though, used a 9-0 surge later in the half to pull within one as Jenkins made a layup and three-pointer during the burst to make it 63-62 with 3:49 to go.

Bost silenced the crowd with a deep three-pointer from the right wing and Moultrie's jumper a possession later pushed the Bulldogs' lead back to six, 68-62 with 1:56 left.

Game Notes

No. 2 Kentucky remains the lone unbeaten team in the SEC...Mississippi State shot just 28.6 percent from the field and was 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first half...Jalen Steele had 15 points for the Bulldogs...The Commodores attempted just nine free throws.