STARKVILLE, MS (AP) - J.P. Prince had 16 points, Scotty Hopson added 14 and No. 16 Tennessee held Mississippi State scoreless for the first 6:10 and never looked back, finishing the regular season with a 75-59 win Saturday night.
The victory was the third straight for the Volunteers (23-7, 11-5 SEC) and it gave seniors Wayne Chism and Quinn Cannington a school-record 99 wins. Chism, however, had to be restrained by an assistant coach after the game following a verbal confrontation with Mississippi State players.
The loss forced the Bulldogs (21-10, 9-7) to share the SEC West title with rival Mississippi, a team they beat twice this season.
Mississippi State will open the SEC tournament as the West's No. 1 seed, while Tennessee is No. 3 in the East.
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