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Vols Spoil State's Senior Night 75-59

Barry Stewart near the end of the game

It hurts enough to have a Senior Day spoiled. But getting whipped by Tennessee may prove even more painful for Mississippi State a weekend from now. As senior guard Barry Stewart agreed, "We know we're going to have to do some work in the tournament." That being the SEC's Tournament, if the Bulldogs now are to have any hopes of playing in the NCAA's version.

Mississippi State's fragile case for an at-large invitation to the national tournament suffered a serious setback as Tennessee scored the first 17 points and scarcely paused en route to a 75-59 victory at Humphrey Coliseum. The Volunteers, already confident of a NCAA berth, reinforced the resume a bit with a 23-7 finish to the regular season and 11-5 SEC record that locks up the #3 seed in next...

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