Mississippi State’s Sizzling Sword Slashes Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Craig Sword scored 26 points Tuesday as Mississippi State relied on sizzling 3-point shooting to beat Tennessee 71-66 and end its recent February misery.
Mississippi State (11-11, 4-5 SEC) shot 55.8 percent (19 of 34) overall and 72.7 percent (8 of 11) from 3-point range to end a string of 16 consecutive February losses. The Bulldogs hadn’t won a February game since beating South Carolina 69-67 in overtime on Feb. 29, 2012.
The Bulldogs led 63-61 in the final minute when Tennessee’s Derek Reese drove into the lane and missed a dunk attempt. Fred Thomas got the rebound, raced to the other end of the floor and converted a three-point play with 52 seconds left.
Thomas had 20 points for Mississippi State. Sword and Thomas combined to shoot 12 of 15 overall and 8 of 10 on 3-pointers.
Josh Richardson scored a career-high 30 points for Tennessee (13-8, 5-4).
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