NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Barry Stewart scored 14 points and
Mississippi State advanced to its second consecutive Southeastern
Conference tournament championship game with a 62-52 win over No.
20 Vanderbilt on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (23-10) face a Kentucky team returning to the
championship game for the first time since 2004.
Dee Bost, Phil Turner and Jarvis Varnado each added 11 for
Mississippi State, which won four straight games in the 2009
tournament for its first title in seven seasons. The Bulldogs
received a first-round bye this time after sharing the SEC West
Division crown with Mississippi, a team they beat twice this
Jermaine Beal scored 11 for Vanderbilt (24-8), which was hoping
to reach the SEC tournament championship game for only the second