February 11, 2009

Bulldogs go down in double overtime to LSU

STARKVILLE - Sometimes it just isn't meant to be.

Mississippi State took it down to the wire and forced two overtimes but still fell short Wednesday night in a 97-94 loss to LSU in front of 9,021 fans at Humphrey Coliseum.

The Bulldogs fought and clawed their way back to tie the game at the end of regulation and also in the first overtime but came up one play short in the double overtime period.

"Our team, we didn't win the game but as I told them before the game, at halftime and I told them at the end to make sure we walk off that floor where we can hang our heads high knowing we gave it everything that we've got and fought with every ounce of energy we had," said MSU head coach Rick Stasnbury. "And we did that. We had our opportunities to win the game. That's all you can ask. We have to shut the door on that opportunity when you have it and we didn't do it."

A win would have brought MSU into a two-way tie with the Tigers in the Southeastern Conference Western Division but instead LSU takes a two-game lead and is now 20-4 overall and 8-1 inside the league.

"That's a basketball game unfortunately somebody had to lose," said LSU head coach Trent Johnson. "There were two teams out there really competing hard that were really getting after it. We were just fortunate enough to make some plays at crucial times down the stretch."

The Tigers shot 44.1-percent on the evening including draining 10-of-21 of their shots from behind the arc.

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