NASHVILLE, TN. (WCBI) — Mississippi State couldn’t hang on in the second half against #8 Tennessee, falling the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinals, 83-76.
Tied at 42 with 14:51 remaining in the second half, three-seed Tennessee outscored the Bulldogs 23-9 in an eight minute span, putting the game out of reach.
The Volunteers controlled the paint throughout the game, scoring 23 second-chance points and 48 points inside.
Aric Holman paced the Bulldogs off the bench, scoring a team-high 20 points on 7-9 shooting (5-5 3PT).
The Bulldogs have lost three straight to the Volunteers.
Mississippi State (23-10) will await its NCAA Tournament destination coming up Sunday.