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Tough time with Tigers: Losing skid for Bulldogs stretches to nine games

February 14, 2013

A disappointed Colin Borchert (3) holds his head down near the conclusion of MSU's game against Missouri Wednesday night. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

The Mississippi State Bulldogs haven't seen a losing season in basketball in over 12 years.

It came back around on Wednesday night. 

The Missouri Tigers (18-6 overall, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) cruised to an easy 78-36 victory over Mississippi State (7-16, 2-9) inside Humphrey Coliseum.

With the loss, the Bulldogs are ensured of a losing season for the first time since the 1999-2000 season when they finished 14-16.

"One of our coaches said we still got seven more games left whether we like it or not," MSU freshman forward Gavin Ware said. "We still have to keep playing."

The 42-point loss is the biggest for the Bulldogs in Humphrey Coliseum. The 36 points for State is the lowest since scoring 36 in a loss to Georgia Washington on Dec. 8, 1996.

The Bulldogs losing streak was extended to nine games and is the fourth longest in program history. It is the longest losing streak for MSU since losing nine in a row in 1987.

State has also lost nine-straight SEC games and his the fifth longest in MSU history.

The Tigers opened up the game on a 14-0 run. The Bulldogs turned the ball over three times and were 0-of-11 from the field during the run.

"They came out strong and we really didn't compete as well," MSU sophomore guard Trivante Bloodman said, who scored a career-high 13 points. "They were knocking down shots and we weren't, so we got in a big hole."

Colin Borchert's 3-pointer at the 10:43 mark were the first Bulldog points of the game.

"I thought at the beginning of the first half we got some really good looks at the basket," MSU head coach Rick Ray said. "(We) got some wide open shots. We just didn't make them.

"I didn't think we played great defense. The root of all our problems were on the offensive end. We were totally inept there in the first half. They were able to get out in transition because we just couldn't score."

The Tigers held a 34-10 halftime lead. The Bulldogs were 4-of-25 for 16 percent. Missouri was 15-of-32 for just under 47 percent. 

"It was a great win for us," Missouri head coach Frank Haith said. "I thought our guys came out and set the tone on the defensive end. That's what it needs to do on the road for us."

Missouri guard Keion Bell outscored the Bulldogs by himself in the first half. He had 16 points in the opening half. 

The Tigers were 0-5 on the road this season and 0-4 in road games in the SEC.

Missouri was led by Bell's 24 points. Jabari Brown added 20 points and Laurence Bowers chipped in 11 points. Phil Pressey led the team with eight assists. 

Bloodman's was the only Bulldog in double digits. Ware had seven and Borchert scored six. 

The Bulldogs get a rematch with the LSU Tigers on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. and can be seen on ESPNU.

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