Records: MSU (13-18, 3-15) USC (12-19, 5-13)
Play of the game: Sindarius Thornwell made two free throws to put USC up by six with less than four minutes. MSU had pulled within four points, but the free throws were enough to secure a Gamecock victory.
Stat of the game: 50%: The percentage USC shot from behind the 3-point line.
Top Dawg: Craig Sword: He led the Bulldogs with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
Double digit scorers: MSU (Craig Sword 19, Fred Thomas 15) USC (Brenton Williams 27, Sindarius Thornwell 22, Mindaugas Kacinas 13)
Quote of the game:
“It’s tough, it’s tough. We just have to find a way in this SEC Tournament to get a win.” – MSU sophomore guard Fred Thomas said as the Bulldogs have lost 13-straight
Song to describe game: There’s Your Trouble by the Dixie Chicks – This really doesn’t describe the game because MSU can’t put a finger on what’s the trouble. But there is trouble for the Bulldogs.
MSU head coach Rick Ray
MSU sophomores Craig Sword and Fred Thomas
What it means: MSU finishes in the cellar all alone in the SEC. They will be the 14 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament. They will face 11-seed Vanderbilt on Wednesday.