NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mississippi State's early second-half run helped the Bulldogs recover from a double-digit deficit, and State hung on as a John Jenkins jumper hit the rim at the overtime buzzer, as Vanderbilt was upset by a 78-77 score on Saturday evening.
Vanderbilt led MSU 39-28 at the break, thanks to 13 from Jenkins and eight points and eight boards from Ezeli. The Commodores held MSU to 29 percent first-half shooting.
But State overwhelmed VU at the start of the second half almost before the Commodores realized what had happened, scoring 20 of the half's first 22 points
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MSU eventually led by 10, but late 3-pointers by Jenkins and Lance Goulbourne forced overtime.
State's Dee Bost broke open for the game-winning lay-up with 51.8 seconds left, but the Dores missed two potential game-winning shots in the last 3.4 seconds.
Bost scored a game-high 24 points, while Jenkins led VU with 21.
The Commodores lost their sixth-straight overtime game, and fourth contest at home this season, falling to 14-5 and 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference.