Gordon’s triple-double leads Miss St. past No. 17 Vandy
Starkville, MS (Sports Network) – Jamont Gordon had 15 points, 12 rebounds and
a career-high 10 assists for the second triple-double in school history, as
the Mississippi State Bulldogs upended the 17th-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores,
83-70, who were fresh off one of the most memorable victories in recent
memory for the program.
“I thought we did a lot of things awfully well and played so hard,”
Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. “We had all the parts working
well. Jamont Gordon pushing in transition and getting in the lane and kicking
it out for three’s.
Charles Rhodes posted 23 points and eight rebounds for Mississippi State
(16-10, 7-6 SEC), which has recorded four straight victories to keep alive its
hopes of reaching the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Dietric Slater notched a
season-high 18 points and seven boards, while Reginald Delk added 13 points in
the win, which snapped a 13-game losing streak to ranked opponents.
The Bulldogs were coming off a 56-50 decision over LSU on the road. They are
12-3 at home this season and did not lay down for the Commodores.
Dan Cage scored 12 points for Vanderbilt (18-9, 8-5), which recorded its first
win over the nation’s top-ranked team in 14 years by besting Florida on
Saturday in an 83-70 final. That victory was the second straight for the over-
achieving Commodores, who remain in position to claim an at-large bid to the
Shan Foster added 11 points as the only other Commodore in double figures.
Jermaine Beal, JeJuan Brown and Ted Skuchas each chipped in eight points.
Derrick Byers, the reigning SEC Player of the Week, was held to seven points.
MSU raced out to a 17-6 lead on Gordon’s trey with 15:01 to go, and held a
commanding 45-27 lead at halftime. The Commodores closed the game on a 16-8
run, but never cut their deficit to single digits.
“Our intensity was not poor tonight, but they have a gear, athletically that
we do not own,” Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. “They are faster and
quicker all around, and they showed it all night.”
Lawrence Roberts recorded the other MSU triple-double against Nicholls State
in 2004-05…MSU recorded a season-high 22 assists…Vanderbilt holds a
70-42 lead in the all-time series with Mississippi State, and the
Commodores rolled to an 80-52 victory in the only meeting last season.