February 13, 2013

Bulldogs on the wrong side of history

STARKVILLE, Miss., - It was an historic night at Humphrey Coliseum Wednesday night.

And not in a good way as far as Mississippi State was concerned.

The Bulldogs suffered their worst home loss since "The Hump" opened in 1975 as Missouri massacred MSU 78-36.

"To be quite frank, this was an embarassing loss," said MSU head coach Rick Ray. "You go out and you're just totally inept offensively. You'd hope some guys would have some pride in themselves and Mississippi State basketball to go out and try to rectify that. If that's not enough then we've got problems."

The Bulldogs did not score until the 10:43 mark in the first half missing their first 12 shots of the contest. State amassed only 10 points by halftime and trailed by 24 at the break shooting 16-percent (4-of-25) from the field.

The loss extended the Bulldogs current losing skid to nine games, the longest since 1987. State fell to 2-9 in conference play and 7-16 overall.

"I didn't think we played great defense tonight but I thought the root of all of our problems was on the offensive end," Ray said. "We were totally inept there in the first half. They were able to get out in transition and a lot of it was because we just couldn't score."

Missouri shot 53.4-percent from the field and outrebounded the Bulldogs 46-25. The Tigers also went to work down low outscoring Mississippi State 40-14 in the paint and also 19-3 off the bench. It was Missouri's first ever road SEC win.

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