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Updated: Thursday, January 13, 2005 12:08 AM EST
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Tennessee 64, (15) Mississippi St 63

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Mississippi State's streak ended at the site it began.

Scooter McFadgon scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half as Tennessee jumped out to a big lead and held on to defeat No. 15 Mississippi State, 64-63, in a Southeastern Conference contest.

The Bulldogs came into the game with the nation's longest road winning streak at 16 games. Their last road loss was 59-49 to the Volunteers on March 5, 2003 here at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Despite trailing by 18 points twice in the second half in this one, Mississippi State did not go quietly. The Bulldogs pulled to within 64-63 on a 3-pointer by Shane Power with 50 seconds left.

Tennessee's Brandon Crump missed a short jumper and Lawrence Roberts rebounded with 14 seconds to play and Mississippi State called a time out. After three inbounds attempts were knocked out of bounds, Lawrence Roberts' fallaway jumper with one second left was short.

Crump had 12 points and C.J. Watson had nine and nine assists for the Volunteers (8-7, 2-1 SEC East), who improved to 8-0 when leading at the half.

It was an impressive win for Tennessee, which was manhandled, 88-63, here Saturday.

"After the Vanderbilt game, we had to decide whether to let off for a day or go after it starting Sunday," Volunteers coach Buzz Peterson said. "But I took a deep breath and gave them the day off. As far as I'm concerned, we won the game Monday and Tuesday with some really productive practice sessions."

Roberts had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Power scored 17 for the Bulldogs (14-3, 2-1 SEC West), who were playing without second-leading scorer Winsome Frazier (13.3), who broke his left foot in the first half of Saturday's Mississippi game.

"In the first half, we acted like we had never played before," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "I guess that is what life without Winsome Frazier is like. We just did not execute.

"In the second half, we settled down and played with toughness. When we were down 16 points at the half, I told them to go play basketball. We got the last shot, and that is all you can ask."

Tennessee shot 50 percent (16-of-32) from the floor to jump to a 42-26 halftime lead. Mississippi State converted just 7-of-20 shots and missed all seven of its 3-point attempts. Roberts scored 12 points and went 8-of-12 from the line to keep the Bulldogs alive.

"You have to learn from it. You cannot wait until the last 15 minutes," Stansbury said. "With Frazier out, it is not the points as much as defense and execution. We will get the points. We did not play defense and execute."

Andre Patterson hit a jumper on the first possession of the second half to push the lead to 44-26 and Tennessee led, 49-34, with 15:06 to play.

The Bulldogs went on a 15-3 run to cut the deficit to 52-49 and a fast-break layup by Roberts with 1:40 left cut the margin to 62-60.

"We knew Mississippi State would make a run," Peterson said. "We could not buy a bucket in the second half, but it was not because we didn't have plenty of good looks. We were very fortunate at the end to get this win. They were a little bit tired and winded at the end; so were we."

Patterson, who scored all eight of his points in the second half for Tennessee, tipped in a missed shot for a 64-60 lead with 65 seconds left.


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