Mississippi State started the second half on a 20-2 run after the Commodores dominated in the 1st half, and was 9-10 from downtown in the second half and overtime. Still, Vanderbilt hung tough and came back giving themselves a shot to win both at the end of regulation and at the end of overtime. Alas, neither shot fell. Watching the reply at home after the game (several times), I thought Festus didn't have time to do any more than he did. Jenkins, on the other hand, had time to set his feet.
This is an incredibly tough loss, but Mississippi State is a good (and dangerous) team. As Kevin Stallings said with The Voice Joe Fisher after the game, at the start of the second half, we allowed them to show just how dangerous they could be.
It is a game we can certainly learn from, and one we don't have time to dwell on, with Tennessee coming in Tuesday night after knocking off UConn in Knoxville.
Sounds off, VSLNation.