Live from Memorial Gymnasium

Memorial Gymnasium (John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Memorial Gymnasium (John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

I just arrived in Nashville for my first trip inside Memorial Gymnasium. It’s a really cool place if you haven’t been. Vanderbilt is the fourth school that I have now completed the trifecta at by covering all three major sports on the road. I’d like to give a thumb’s up to the Commodores for giving me my own suite to cover the game from and also for serving tater tots for pregame meal. Both teams are currently on the floor for shoot around. It appears that I am the only MSU media contingent here so stay tuned throughout the duration. Also remember that today’s game will be televised on FSN.

Vandy’s got a full drum kit in its band. The kid playing doesn’t look too much like a rock star but looks can be deceiving sometimes.

Starting lineups:

Mississippi State: 13-7, 3-4

1- Fred Thomas, G, 6-5, 206, So.

3- Colin Borchert, F, 6-8, 231, Sr.

15- I.J. Ready, G, 5-11, 170, Fr.

20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 268, So.

32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 194, So.

Vanderbilt: 11-8, 3-4

0- Rod Odom, F, 6-9, 212, Sr.

11- Kyle Fuller, G, 6-1, 188, Sr.

24- Dai-Jon Parker, G, 6-3, 190, Jr.

30- Damian Jones, C, 6-10, 235, Fr.

35- James Siakam, F, 6-7, 215, RJr.

Plenty of good seats still available as we get set for tipoff.

Undertaker entrance music for MSU.

Two turnovers – one on each end – to start this one.

18:39 2-0 VU Jones 2 points

Thomas buries a 3-pointer to put MSU up by that margin.

15:18 7-2 MSU Thomas 7 points

Vandy ends an 8-0 run by Thomas.

Vandy has scored seven straight to take the lead.

Thomas scores the first 10 for MSU before Borchert gets in on the action.

10:53 12-9 MSU Thomas 10 points

We’re at the 9:00 mark and MSU hasn’t fouled.

7:40 14-14 Thomas 10 points

Alley oop from Ready to Ware from 3-point range.

Vandy answers with an alley oop of its own.

MSU whistled for its first foul at the 5:22 mark. Bulldogs have eight turnovers leading to 13 Vandy points.

3:31 22-18 VU Thomas 10 points

Borchert 3 pulls MSU within one.

1:00 25-21 VU Thomas 10 points

HALFTIME: VANDERBILT 25, MISSISSIPPI STATE 21

Key halftime stats:

FG% MSU 36; VU 37

3PT% MSU 22; VU 19

FT% MSU 75; VU 100

Rebounds: MSU 16; VU 15

Turnovers: MSU 11; VU 8

Pts off TO’s: MSU 7; VU 16

2nd Chance: MSU 0; VU 4

Bench: MSU 0; VU 3

Fast break: MSU 2; VU 5

Individual scoring: MSU – Fred Thomas 10, Colin Borchert 5, Gavin Ware 4, I.J. Ready 2; VU – Rod Odom 7, Damian Jones 6, Kyle Fuller 5, Luke Kornet 3, James Siakam 2, Dai-Jon Parker 2

Just like in the first half, MSU turns the ball over on its first possession of the second.

The Commodore mascot has a cowbell.

Bulldogs are getting their share of calls from the official but killing themselves with dumb turnovers.

Bulldogs still haven’t scored this half.

15:57 30-21 VU Thomas 10, Odom 10

Alley oop off the inbounds and not a Bulldog anywhere around.

A Jacoby Davis 3-pointer is the Bulldogs first basket of the second half.

Another trey by Davis but the Dogs still trail by 10.

Trivante Bloodman gets into the outside shooting. Dogs down eight.

11:32 40-32 VU Odom 13 points

Sword scores his first basket at the 11:17 mark.

10:23 40-36 VU Odom 13 points

Odom hits his fourth 3-pointer to end the scoring drought for the Dores.

7:47 43-36 VU Odom 16 points

6:02 45-39 VU Odom 18 points

Thomas’ silent streak ends with a 3-pointer. Dogs down by five.

3:52 49-44 VU Odom 18 points

Thomas with another trey from the corner. Dogs down four.

1:15 53-49 VU Odom 18 points

0:26 54-49 VU MSU ball

Borchert picks up his fourth foul with 14.6 to go.

FINAL: VANDERBILT 55, MISSISSIPPI STATE 49

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I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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