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Mississippi State Comes Up Just Short in Battle of the Bulldogs

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Mississippi State puts forth another strong effort against Georgia but comes up just short, 72-66.

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In front of 7,549 fans at Humphrey Coliseum, the largest home crowd of the season, Mississippi State battled back from a 12 point deficit before coming up just short against Georgia, 72-66. The loss drops MSU to 2-4 in conference play and improves Georgia's SEC record to 4-2.

Roquez Johnson continued his superb play this season by contributing 25 points and 11 rebounds. MSU had three players score in the double figures, out rebounded Georgia 42-32 and the team connected on 8 three pointers. I.J. Ready cut a 12 point UGA lead down to 1 with two minutes to go in the game but Georgia finished off the game on a 7 to 2 run.

Mississippi State likely would have won the game if not for Georgia's star player going off for a record night. UGA's J.J. Frazier connected on all 7 of his three point attempts and scored a game high 37 points, the most points scored at the Hump by a single player since 2012. Georgia as a whole connected on 11 three point attempts and shot for 49% in the game. UGA hit 5 out of their final 6 free throw attempts to seal the win.

A daunting slate of games sits in front of MSU. The Bulldogs play three of their next five on the road, including games against rival Ole Miss and top tier conference squads Arkansas and LSU. MSU and Ole Miss tipoff this Wednesday at 8:00 p.m at C.M Tad Smith Coliseum.

The loss hurts but if you need any more proof that For Whom the Cowbells Toll is your #1 source for all things Mississippi State check out our prediction from yesterday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>One of our writers is a prophet. RT<a href="https://twitter.com/moaleck">@moaleck</a>: I mean come on guys. This is my one shining moment. <a href="http://t.co/nmq9jvFmwt">pic.twitter.com/nmq9jvFmwt</a></p>&mdash; FWtCT (@mstatesports) <a href="https://twitter.com/mstatesports/status/559154240841842689">January 25, 2015</a></blockquote>
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