Mississippi State Men's Basketball Team Plane Makes Emergency Landing

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 15, 2015

Mississippi State's Gavin Ware (20) fights for a rebound against Missouri's D'Angelo Allen (5) and Missouri's Keanau Post, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Columbia, Mo. Mississippi State game 77-74. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
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The Mississippi State men's basketball team defeated Missouri 77-74 on Saturday, but their returning flight home to Starkville was cut short due to an emergency landing in St. Louis.   

The plane's right engine lost power just 20 minutes after takeoff, causing the plane to turn sharply to the left and go dark momentarily, Mississippi State sports information director Gregg Ellis told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

The Bulldogs' official team Twitter account addressed the scary situation on Saturday evening, indicating that everyone was safe:

Ellis praised the job basketball operations director Adam Gordon did throughout the incident:

Graduate assistant Tanner Smith captured this image as the team relaxed on the subsequent bus ride:

The win over Mizzou marked Mississippi State's third-highest-scoring game of the season and improved its record to 12-13. With a potential postseason spot up for grabs, the Bulldogs play their next three contests at home, including matchups against the No. 24-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks and undefeated Kentucky Wildcats.

Up next for the Bulldogs is an SEC showdown with Ole Miss on Thursday at Humphrey Coliseum. The two teams engaged in a shootout on Jan. 28, which the Rebels won, 79-73.

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