Rick Ray didn’t want to talk about it.

The second-year coach was terse when addressing his team’s loss against Georgia on Wednesday. Of course, he didn’t need to say much.

Mississippi State’s performance also spoke for itself.

“We just simply haven’t or won’t accept who we are,” Ray said. “Until we do that, we won’t have success.”

Right now, Mississippi State is a 13-11 team coming off its worst game of the season. That’s saying something, considering it has lost six straight. The Bulldogs’ most-recent defeat was a 20-point loss at home to 13-10 Georgia.

It’s also a team that struggles at shooting. MSU attempted 25 3-pointers and only made three against Georgia. Craig Sword, the team’s leading scorer, finished with 10 points and needed 11 shots to reach that total. Colin Borchert finished with two points on 1-for-8 shooting. Fred Thomas led the team with just six rebounds.

But the number 73.9 stood out for Ray — the percent Georgia shot in the second half.

“It was lack of defense, because they were layups,” Ray said. “It wasn’t the fact they were breaking us down on plays and shooting (contested) shots. I thought everything they got was at the rim and in the paint.”

The performance came at the most unexpected time.

MSU boasted an 11-3 record at home this season. Its only losses at Humphrey Coliseum in 2014 came against No. 3 Florida by 11 and No. 18 Kentucky by 10. Despite MSU’s loss last time out to the Wildcats, Ray praised his team’s effort.

That praise was nowhere to be found after the loss to Georgia.

“Our guys came out with a lot of life and energy,” Ray said. “That’s why it’s so disappointing that we end up this way after playing so well in the first half. To just come out, that team isn’t 20 points better than us.”