For the second straight time vs. LSU, Mississippi State blew a 17-point lead and lost the game in the closing seconds on a drive into the lane by Anthony Hickey.
Last year, in Baton Rouge, pretty much the exact same thing happened, although that game went into overtime. This one was lost in regulation.
This is State's 6th straight loss. They are now 2-6 in the SEC. Three weeks ago, at 2-0 they sat tied for 1st in the conference, but now they are tied for last place. Not that we didn't expect to be here. The tough part is, Rick Ray's group is so close to being 4-4.
This week's games at the Hump featured an overtime loss to Texas A&M and this heart-breaker to the Bayou Bengals. And those were against teams playing pretty well - LSU beat Missouri on Wednesday, A&M nearly beat Kentucky on Saturday.
What hurt the Bulldogs the most in this one was poor free throw shooting. 13-27 from the line (48%) just isn't going to cut it. The game was lost right there. By the same token, however, you could say LSU kept MSU in the game with their 4-25 (16%) 3-point field goal shooting.
We all knew this would be a tough season. But it can be picked up off the mat on Wednesday night as the Dawgs enter the Tad Pad in Oxford to take on the Rebels. They are 6-2, and they are the Rebels - so they shouldn't have trouble getting up for it.
This game is, of course, on the night on National Signing Day. With all the mudslinging and bitter hatred the last month has brought on the recruiting trails, it should be an interesting atmosphere.