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Rod Odom scores 18 points as Vanderbilt wins 3rd straight, beating Mississippi State 55-49

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    Vanderbilt forward Rod Odom, right, drives past Mississippi State forwards Roquez Johnson (25) and Colin Borchert (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)The Associated Press

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    Vanderbilt center Damian Jones (30) and Mississippi State forward Roquez Johnson, right rear, try for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)The Associated Press

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    Vanderbilt forward Rod Odom (0) pulls down a rebound between Mississippi State guard I.J. Ready (15) and forward Colin Borchert (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)The Associated Press

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    Mississippi State forward Gavin Ware (20) has his shot blocked by Vanderbilt forward James Siakam (35) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)The Associated Press

Rod Odom scored 18 points, and Vanderbilt beat Mississippi State 55-49 Saturday for their third straight win.

Vanderbilt (12-8, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) returned to Memorial Gym after winning its first two road games this season and started a three-game home stand by adding yet another win over Mississippi State. The Commodores held the Bulldogs to a season-low in points and have now won four of the last five in this series.

Kyle Fuller added 14 points and Damian Jones had 13 for Vanderbilt, which is playing with only seven scholarship players.

Mississippi State (13-8, 3-5) has lost three straight.

Fred Thomas scored 16 points for the Bulldogs. Craig Sword, the Bulldogs' leading scorer averaging 13.9 points a game, didn't score until he hit a jumper with 11:18 left. He finished with four points.

Vanderbilt turned the Bulldogs' 18 turnovers into 24 points.