Mississippi State blocks Vols, 62-58

Mississippi State guard Brian Bryant (22) dribbles past Tennessee center Yemi Makanjuola (0) in the second half of their NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. No. 20 Mississippi State won 62-58. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Mississippi State guard Brian Bryant (22) dribbles past Tennessee center Yemi Makanjuola (0) in the second half of their NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. No. 20 Mississippi State won 62-58. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Kenny Hall on loss to Mississippi State

Cuonzo Martin on loss to Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State blocked Tennessee’s hopes for a breakthrough road victory.

The No. 20 Bulldogs (14-3, 1-1 SEC) rejected 10 shots in their 62-58 victory over the Vols (8-8, 1-1) on Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum.

UT had the last shot in the game with a chance to tie or win after a Skylar McBee steal with 18 seconds left.

After the Vols called timeout with 11.3 seconds remaining, Trae Golden took the inbounds pass and slipped on a wet spot when he tried to dribble the ball between his legs on a drive, and Mississippi State All-SEC point guard Dee Bost came up with the steal with seven seconds left.

Bost dunked home his 13th and final point of the night with three seconds left for the final margin.

“Coach told me to break Dee down, make the right play, Skylar was in the corner, he’s our best shooter, and Renaldo (Woolridge) was popping out behind me,” said Golden.

“It’s supposed to be a victory right now, but I slipped and fell.’’

Golden led UT with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting including four of six beyond the 3-point arc. Jeronne Maymon had 13 points before fouling out with 1:14 left, and Kenny Hall added 12 points.

UT out-rebounded the Bulldogs 35-28, led by freshman Yemi Makanjoula’s six boards, and held a 32-24 advantage in points in the paint.

Mississippi State’s 10 blocked shots, however, were the most against the Vols this season.

“I thought that was the difference in the game, 10 blocks, seven in the second half,’’ said Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury, who beat UT at home for the first time since an 82-60 win on Jan. 28, 2004. “That’s a good team; you don’t dismantle Florida like that if you’re not a good team. Tennessee is an athletic team that gets up into you defensively and really guards you.’’

The Vols upset 13th-ranked Florida last Saturday in Knoxville.

The Bulldogs took their first double-digit lead of the game when former Fulton High School standout Jalen Steele hit a 3-pointer to open the second half and make it 39-27. Steele, who scored six, also hit the first basket of the game, a 3-pointer.

UT made its run by holding Mississippi State without a field goal for nearly eight minutes midway through the second half.

“I just think to develop a great program you have to play that way all the time,’’ said first-year UT coach Cuonzo Martin, who’s 0-4 on the road with the Vols. “You have to defend at a high level all the time. That’s the way for us to be the last team standing.’’

Arnett Moultrie, who had 13 points and four rebounds, scored with 13:45 left to put the Bulldogs up 47-37 before the UT defense clamped down.

The next basket Mississippi State scored came from Renardo Sidney, who had 13 points and seven rebounds, with 5:53 left, putting the Bulldogs up 53-47.

Woolridge hit a 3-pointer with 44.2 seconds left to pull UT to within 60-58 before the McBee steal.

The Bulldogs took a 36-27 lead into the half on the strength of a 9-2 run over the final 2 ½ minutes.

Martin said that was a key point in the game.

“They did a really good job setting the tone at the end of the first half, made some plays,’’ he said. “I think they made seven shots in a row between baskets and free throws.’’

After falling behind 6-0 the Vols battled back and reclaimed the lead, their last advantage coming at the 6:08 mark when Golden drained a 3-pointer to put UT up 22-21, it’s final lead of the night.

UT returns to action on Saturday (TV: ESPN, noon) at Thompson-Boling Arena against No. 2 Kentucky (16-1, 2-0).

The Wildcats bring an eight-game win streak into the action that dates back to their 73-72 loss to Indiana on Dec. 10.

The Vols have a five-game home winning streak that started with a 72-68 win over UNC Asheville on Dec. 20.

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CoverOrange writes:

Bost didn't make the steal. Golden's left foot slid and he rolled his ankle. Several instances where feet were sliding. Was it humid down there?

born2ride writes:

Vols,

We should all look on the bright side.

We covered the 7 1/2 point spread.

We did not get blown out like we did at Memphis.

The Vols did not lose tonight to a 1-9 team like Austin Peay.

We did not get beat by a tiny school like Oakland and Charleston.

Things will get better.

We will learn how to inbound the ball.

Play defense and do something besides shooting threes.

And if we give Martin at least 3 more years - we may be in the NIT.

Go Big Orange!

LJS1984 writes:

I'm really glad that Dee Bost is a senior. It seems like he has been a thorn in Tennessee's side for ten years now. That guy has always killed the Vols and it always seems he plays his best in the final two minutes.

CoverOrange writes:

If Tennessee converts just one of several screwed up fast breaks, this is a different game.

How many points did McRae have? Two?

JimmyJoe writes:

We wouldn't have been in the game with out golden...that said he should still have to walk home...or jog...home from Starkville...whatever it takes to put a bad enough taste in his mouth that he doesn't pull a boner like that again.

drum56 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Vols,

We should all look on the bright side.

We covered the 7 1/2 point spread.

We did not get blown out like we did at Memphis.

The Vols did not lose tonight to a 1-9 team like Austin Peay.

We did not get beat by a tiny school like Oakland and Charleston.

Things will get better.

We will learn how to inbound the ball.

Play defense and do something besides shooting threes.

And if we give Martin at least 3 more years - we may be in the NIT.

Go Big Orange!

Seriously Dude....go find another team to gripe about! I'm sick of all you negative Tennessee Fans! Why would any kid wanna come play sports at UT with fans like you!!!!

One_in_West_Knox writes:

(as John Belushi [R. I. P.] might have said on SNL's Weekend Update)
Well, well, well...
On this Friday the 13th Eve, both the men's and the women's games WERE winnable...
But...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!...
Missed free throws...missed easy layups...ticky-tack fouls...AND THE SEC OFFICIATING WAS [BLEEP]!!
To the men, a key word....BLOCK
That's what tonight's opponent did to you at times and may definitely be done more frequently Saturday afternoon to you IF YOU DO NOT STEP UP!!
Believe it or not, this upcoming game IS winnable!!

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

Another game where Golden has not matured.

Maybe in high schools his scoring offsets the FACT that he cannot handle the ball---turnover, turnover, turnover---

so maybe he is just gold-plated, rather than golden.

And just maybe he will realize that scoring 20 points and giving the other team 15 because of sloppy ball handling---

will mean that as soon as Martin can get an assistant coach that can do arithmetic...

Golden will be shown to be more a subtraction than an addition to the team...

because his mistakes continue to multiply, game after game after game...

after game.

Go Vols.

jjhvols writes:

Glad to see when we fell behind that we battled back to make it a game. M State is a good team on the road in the sec is hard to to especially when one of our biggest weapons doesn't play. Vols basketball is heading in the right direction. I got faith in Coach Martin. I am a student and plan on being in line at 6 am saturday to get a good seat. Don't sell your tickets to kentucky fans! GO VOLS!!!!

underthehill writes:

in response to LJS1984:

I'm really glad that Dee Bost is a senior. It seems like he has been a thorn in Tennessee's side for ten years now. That guy has always killed the Vols and it always seems he plays his best in the final two minutes.

Great effort..this team has come much farther than any UT fan could expect to be competitive on the road in the SEC..Woolridge and Hall have really come around..wish we could get Golden a bit more rest and let him play shooting guard more than point..he was bushed at the end..Martin is gettin it done..

JimmyJoe writes:

Too bad we couldn't have had mathies from the ky girls handling the ball at the end...and golden handling the ball for the Kentucky women...then we would have won both games tonite!

vollaw writes:

Tough loss. Would have at least liked to have had the chance to take that last shot, even if it missed. Still, Vols competed very well in a tough environment. Getting better.

eduardo writes:

Golden played a solid 35 min. but the last 5 min was awful. Several bad plays on the break, and then the muffed play at the end. You just cant lose the ball in that situation. Just cant!

AshyVol writes:

A few thoughts about BasketVols:

1) great effort tonight: nothing to be ashamed of...taking MSU to the final whistle at the Hump is tough to do, and this is a good MSU team

2) Woolridge and Hall have really improved since first of season

3) Golden is playing pretty well. His big problem is ball handling....he cannot seem to go to his left well at all. An SEC point guard must be able to go to his left or right with ease.

4) Could we please learn how to finish 2 on 1 or 3 on 1 transition baskets? I almost expect us to not finish those lately. Just throw the lob up and jam it. It's not that friggin difficult

5) Beat those darn Mildcats on Saturday. If you go to the game....GET UP OFF YOUR CAN AND GET LOUD!!!! We can beat these fools, just like they finally beat us in football

bigdisbig writes:

Vols made a good showing tonight in a hostile arena. They played hard and it seems that Cuonzo has these guys believing in themselves. They just may upset a few teams and be better than anticipated in the long run.

wigmeister writes:

Everyone knows Golden is going to get it. Need a different well. Others have to learn to shoot in the clutch. Can't believe he got stripped!

One_in_West_Knox writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

If Tennessee converts just one of several screwed up fast breaks, this is a different game.

How many points did McRae have? Two?

If Cameron Tatum (a FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR, if I'm not mistaken and mentioned several times) had also stepped up, this is a different game.
A mild kudos to Skylar McBee for a key steal late in the game.

underthehill writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

We wouldn't have been in the game with out golden...that said he should still have to walk home...or jog...home from Starkville...whatever it takes to put a bad enough taste in his mouth that he doesn't pull a boner like that again.

Golden is being asked to do too much..he is not a true point guard but is a terrific shooting guard..he is not a great defender at the point position.. Martin is doing the best he can with what he has..Golden was bushed at the end..

SIMSVOL writes:

Love this VOLS basketball team! Lots of heart and talent and desire. Gaining great SEC road experience that will have them winning big games soon. Go VOLS!

volcycle writes:

Proud of this team. They continue to make progress and tonight they showed heart! This team will continue to improve and will be trouble to several of the big boys come tournament time.

justafan4ut writes:

in response to One_in_West_Knox:

If Cameron Tatum (a FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR, if I'm not mistaken and mentioned several times) had also stepped up, this is a different game.
A mild kudos to Skylar McBee for a key steal late in the game.

I was going to mention Cam's short comings but you beat me to it. He has to step up his game. Not sure if he has gotten any better since he was a sophmore. McBee can be johnnyonthespot sometimes, but he must move his feet quicker, gets beat off the dribble to easily. Hard fought game by the Vols, just came up short. Thought the home cooking was a little to obvious.

JimmyJoe writes:

Golden tanked at the end... It's not to much to ask from a collegiate point guard to get a shot off... Don't kill him or cut him...correct him... So that he doesn't do something that stupid again.. How sad that he scored 20 on the road against a ranked team... But then pulls something like this at the end... There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of bull and he needs to be taught never to allow it to happen again when he is the trigger man.... Doesn't matter that he was tired...the sun was in his eyes...wind blowin...floor was wet...doesn't matter....

justafan4ut writes:

in response to volcycle:

Proud of this team. They continue to make progress and tonight they showed heart! This team will continue to improve and will be trouble to several of the big boys come tournament time.

Like your enthusiasim for this team, but not sure that we will make the tourney. Hope so, give it 50/50 chance. You are correct that they are making progress, ecspecially defense wise.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

Golden tanked at the end... It's not to much to ask from a collegiate point guard to get a shot off... Don't kill him or cut him...correct him... So that he doesn't do something that stupid again.. How sad that he scored 20 on the road against a ranked team... But then pulls something like this at the end... There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of bull and he needs to be taught never to allow it to happen again when he is the trigger man.... Doesn't matter that he was tired...the sun was in his eyes...wind blowin...floor was wet...doesn't matter....

What might motivate Golden...
Michael Jordan playing with the flu and making a key three-pointer in an NBA finals game.
What the Connecticut men's basketball team did last year.

LSG410EC83 writes:

I see borntoride is starting to come around. Usually the whole post shows what a jewel he is. Now just half of his post does. Never know, may be converted to a true Vol fan by the end of the season. Guys played a good game. I love it that this team did not give up when down like they would have last year. Look forward to Kentucky. Be there with bells on. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

in response to justafan4ut:

I was going to mention Cam's short comings but you beat me to it. He has to step up his game. Not sure if he has gotten any better since he was a sophmore. McBee can be johnnyonthespot sometimes, but he must move his feet quicker, gets beat off the dribble to easily. Hard fought game by the Vols, just came up short. Thought the home cooking was a little to obvious.

I wonder...
Is CCM eagerly planning an early going-away party for Tatum??

AtopTheHill06 writes:

Believe in the process, and the results will come. Coach Zo knows how to get the most out of his players. I can't wait to see what he can do with big number 5.

veinsoforange writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Bost didn't make the steal. Golden's left foot slid and he rolled his ankle. Several instances where feet were sliding. Was it humid down there?

Just a typical 3-5 tournover outing by Golden. We so desparately need to get our true point guard up and running the show so we can move Golden to the shooting guard position so we avoid all those dribbles off his leg, knee, & feet!

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to One_in_West_Knox:

What might motivate Golden...
Michael Jordan playing with the flu and making a key three-pointer in an NBA finals game.
What the Connecticut men's basketball team did last year.

He's good... But we don't need to make excuses for a bad play....see he didn't just come up short...he by himself made a mistake that screwed up the whole deal...unforced... Let's fix it...if I were his coach.... He would make that drive in practice about 700 times... He might also have to carry the basketball around campus the rest of the week... He also needs to work on his three on one breaks.... He threw a pass to a guy who was three feet away and missed him by about five feet...

I'm hopin Stokes makes Kenny hall a little tougher as well.... Jacks him up in practice...if Kenny can't hit a lay up....he just needs to dunk everything...hard.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to AtopTheHill06:

Believe in the process, and the results will come. Coach Zo knows how to get the most out of his players. I can't wait to see what he can do with big number 5.

I believe we are having the privilege of witnessing the development of a team of less talented athletes evolve under a 1st year coach assuming a leadership position under less than desirable circumstances. The drive and commitment exhibited tonight, having an opportunity to win an SEC road game at the end coming back from a double digit deficit against a ranked team in an extremely hostile environment, confirms this program is headed in the right direction. I've watched this program for many decades and have the same excitement for the future as displayed by our coach --- calm, resolute and understanding that there will be disappointments in the near term but the process will produce what we all desire. I'm all in. He is the real deal.

JimmyJoe writes:

Hey listen I'm still proud of the team...they almost won tonite... A week ago I had them on their way to losing seven straight...they came real close to going 2-0 in the sec.... now they are playing with a lot more determination then they were...add stokes and we may be able to make some hay down the stretch...he certainly can't hurt.

VolinCalif writes:

Well I think they are getting t be a good team. They do need to play much better on the inside. At about ten Min's left I saw 4 or 5 straight shots missed on the inside and MD rebound the play. We play good on the three's but you have to make those inside shots.

liferjarhead writes:

Last 2 games have shown this team is coming together and playing much better. It also shows the coaching staff is doing a good job. I look forward to the rest of the season.

carbonzip writes:

For points from Tatum would have helped. Got upset by Golden missing Tatum on a fast break, but they moving down court together and Golden passed to where Tatum should have been.

tpsdave writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

If Tennessee converts just one of several screwed up fast breaks, this is a different game.

How many points did McRae have? Two?

Ifs and buts are just part of the game...

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Trae's trip at the end didn't lose the game. It wasn't his fault at all. Sure IF he got the ball to an open man and that open man hits the shot we could have tied or won.
We lost because of the poor stretch in the first half that got us down...just like Martin said in the interview. NOW some of that may have been Golden's fault. Some. No Trae's not to blame for the loss but he's to blame for us being in the game with a chance to win on the road.
We DO need a true point guard. I still believe that. but Golden has shown signs of getting there. Mishandles happen in all sports...thus the funny highlight reels on ESPN. It's just that that slip last night wasn't funny. I was angry 2 seconds then I saw his face after and felt sorry for him. I too have caused my team to lose a game in high school once(baseball). It's a gut wrenching feeling to let your teammates down like that.
I hope Trae just uses this to become stronger and doesn't let it keep him from trying just as hard Saturday and in all the future games. we need him to show up every time and to keep us in some games. He'll help us win more than lose I think.
You have to admit we've played some exciting games this year with some of the very best in college sports.

jjsteel writes:

No one went home hungry. Lots of turnovers were passed around.

Brewii writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

UT student section has been yelling SUCKS at the introduction of the visiting teams players at every home game since Bruce was hired as coach. I think its funny myself. Don't know about the flag thing though. That shouldn't be allowed.

TheFuj writes:

Thought they played hard. They had some fight tonight. End of 1st half really hurt.
Golden was very good. He does seem to tighten up at end of game and even end of 1st half. Had plenty of time to get a good shot before end of 1st half only to chunk a near mid court shot.
Tatum--he just is not getting it. 0/7 shooting. Trouble with the ball.
Cannot believe both teams basically play a tight man to man defense and one team doubles in fouls than the other. We did not get in bonus all night.

DarkGable writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Another game where Golden has not matured.

Maybe in high schools his scoring offsets the FACT that he cannot handle the ball---turnover, turnover, turnover---

so maybe he is just gold-plated, rather than golden.

And just maybe he will realize that scoring 20 points and giving the other team 15 because of sloppy ball handling---

will mean that as soon as Martin can get an assistant coach that can do arithmetic...

Golden will be shown to be more a subtraction than an addition to the team...

because his mistakes continue to multiply, game after game after game...

after game.

Go Vols.

And you're in such good shape, you would have...

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to born2ride:

Vols,

We should all look on the bright side.

We covered the 7 1/2 point spread.

We did not get blown out like we did at Memphis.

The Vols did not lose tonight to a 1-9 team like Austin Peay.

We did not get beat by a tiny school like Oakland and Charleston.

Things will get better.

We will learn how to inbound the ball.

Play defense and do something besides shooting threes.

And if we give Martin at least 3 more years - we may be in the NIT.

Go Big Orange!

Using the word "we" doesn't convince anyone you are anything other than an a butthole poser.

Go away now please no one wants you here!

DarkGable writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

Golden tanked at the end... It's not to much to ask from a collegiate point guard to get a shot off... Don't kill him or cut him...correct him... So that he doesn't do something that stupid again.. How sad that he scored 20 on the road against a ranked team... But then pulls something like this at the end... There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of bull and he needs to be taught never to allow it to happen again when he is the trigger man.... Doesn't matter that he was tired...the sun was in his eyes...wind blowin...floor was wet...doesn't matter....

You obviously dont play ball, you just talk. Why dont you get off the couch put the beer down and show them how its done. Oh thats right, you just criticize "at a high level".

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Can we just put Cameron Cheech...I mean Cameron Chong....I mean Cameron Tatum on the bench? I'm ready for him to move on. On the other hand, Golden put up points but KILLED us with selfish play. His 3 on 1 fast break turnover was a killer with 3-4 minutes left. Just pass the damn ball, but NOOOOO, he's gotta do a globetrotter pass that was close to NOBODY but the cheerleaders. Oh yeah, one more negative thing? Who would you rather have...Jalen Steele from Knoxville, or Jordan McRay? All the locals got bashed for questioning Pearls talent evaluation when he passed on the local star. Looks like he has a good future.

On the flip side of things, the TEAM...TEAM as a whole looked pretty darn good. I like what coach Martin is doing over there. Adding a player like Stokes could be scary!!!! Our record might not reflect it because of early/mid-season losses, but Stokes could make us one of the better teams in the league by season's end.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

This just in....Kenny Hall's dunk was FILTHY!!!!!!!

DarkGable writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

He's good... But we don't need to make excuses for a bad play....see he didn't just come up short...he by himself made a mistake that screwed up the whole deal...unforced... Let's fix it...if I were his coach.... He would make that drive in practice about 700 times... He might also have to carry the basketball around campus the rest of the week... He also needs to work on his three on one breaks.... He threw a pass to a guy who was three feet away and missed him by about five feet...

I'm hopin Stokes makes Kenny hall a little tougher as well.... Jacks him up in practice...if Kenny can't hit a lay up....he just needs to dunk everything...hard.

But you aren't the coach are you? You aren't at practice either. As a matter of fact your emotional comment tells everybody the only thing you know how to do at a "high level" is post. Lets see you drive the lane and play defense on the road in a hostile environment. 700 times, did you just come up with that number all by your lonesome.

DarkGable writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Trae's trip at the end didn't lose the game. It wasn't his fault at all. Sure IF he got the ball to an open man and that open man hits the shot we could have tied or won.
We lost because of the poor stretch in the first half that got us down...just like Martin said in the interview. NOW some of that may have been Golden's fault. Some. No Trae's not to blame for the loss but he's to blame for us being in the game with a chance to win on the road.
We DO need a true point guard. I still believe that. but Golden has shown signs of getting there. Mishandles happen in all sports...thus the funny highlight reels on ESPN. It's just that that slip last night wasn't funny. I was angry 2 seconds then I saw his face after and felt sorry for him. I too have caused my team to lose a game in high school once(baseball). It's a gut wrenching feeling to let your teammates down like that.
I hope Trae just uses this to become stronger and doesn't let it keep him from trying just as hard Saturday and in all the future games. we need him to show up every time and to keep us in some games. He'll help us win more than lose I think.
You have to admit we've played some exciting games this year with some of the very best in college sports.

You may have played the game but your comment shows you dont know the game. No one player loses a game. That's stupid. Not you the comment. The team came up short on the road. How quick you "high level" experts criticize days after beating Florida.

AlpharettaVol writes:

in response to born2ride:

Vols,

We should all look on the bright side.

We covered the 7 1/2 point spread.

We did not get blown out like we did at Memphis.

The Vols did not lose tonight to a 1-9 team like Austin Peay.

We did not get beat by a tiny school like Oakland and Charleston.

Things will get better.

We will learn how to inbound the ball.

Play defense and do something besides shooting threes.

And if we give Martin at least 3 more years - we may be in the NIT.

Go Big Orange!

You are such a jerk! No one really thinks you are funny.

lomas98 writes:

They played a good game and had possession with a chance to win on the road. Can't ask for much more than that. Like the way the game didn't get away from them still down 10 with 10 minutes left. Defense held them scoreless for a long time in 2nd half and that is second conference game in a row that has happened. Cam tatum needs to step up and help this team as a scorer. As some have mentioned we are probably the most indecisive team on the fast break that I have seen. Not happy we lost, but still happy the way they played at times. When they are moving the ball around the offense is actually pretty good to watch. As Martin said the run at end of first half was the difference. We played great for 17 minutes but found ourselves down 9 at half. Kenny hall has played pretty well so far in conference play. On to ky, hope the home crowd helps. Auburn had ky on the ropes this week but I don't think ky was playing that hard.

brod writes:

i'm disappointed in our guys. they let this one get away. the team seemed to have to play catch up after the two missed layups in the first half. this team cannot afford to miss layups. the don't have enough offensive firepower for that.

VolsFanInNC writes:

in response to born2ride:

Vols,

We should all look on the bright side.

We covered the 7 1/2 point spread.

We did not get blown out like we did at Memphis.

The Vols did not lose tonight to a 1-9 team like Austin Peay.

We did not get beat by a tiny school like Oakland and Charleston.

Things will get better.

We will learn how to inbound the ball.

Play defense and do something besides shooting threes.

And if we give Martin at least 3 more years - we may be in the NIT.

Go Big Orange!

Maybe you should change your name to Bone2Ride...that would be more fitting.

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