LSU 71, Mississippi State 57
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP)—Glen Davis had 17 points, Darrel Mitchell added 15 and LSU beat Mississippi State 71-57 on Wednesday night.
Freshman Tyrus Thomas added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (11-5, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), who won their third straight and fourth in five games.
Davis, who entered as the SEC’s leading scorer with an 18-point average, had 11 in the first half for LSU, which trailed only in the game’s opening moments in winning its third straight against the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State twice got as close as seven in the second half, but both times the Tigers responded by quickly restoring their double-figure lead.
Charles Rhodes pulled the Bulldogs to 54-47 with just less than 9 minutes to play, but Thomas countered by dunking over two Mississippi State players and Darnell Lazare hit two free throws to make it an 11-point game.
Mississippi State didn’t get closer than eight the rest of the way.
Jamont Gordon had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Mississippi State (11-6, 1-3), which has lost three straight SEC games.
Jamall Edmondson added 15 points off the bench and Rhodes added 14 points for the Bulldogs.
LSU, which entered as the SEC’s best rebounding team with nearly 45 per game, was outrebounded 40-33.
Garrett Temple added 10 points for the Tigers.
LSU held Mississippi State to one field goal during a 6-minute stretch in which it broke a 15-all tie with a 13-2 run which pushed the lead to 28-17. The Tigers led by as many as 13 in the first half and were up 41-30 at halftime.
The dismissals of forwards Walter Sharpe and Jerrell Houston earlier this week left Mississippi State with a thin bench. Edmondson, who has been nursing an injured groin, was the only nonstarter to score for the Bulldogs.