Mitchell’s 41 gives LSU 97-94 win over Miss. St.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP)—Tasmin Mitchell had a career high 41 points, including a decisive three-point play in double overtime, to give LSU a 97-94 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night.
LSU (20-4, 8-1) took control of the Southeastern Conference Western Division after Mitchell drove the lane and drew a foul to break a 93-93 tie with less than a minute to play.
The Bulldogs (16-8, 6-3) had chances to win at the end of regulation and the first overtime, but failed to convert.
Jarvis Varnado tied the game 72-72 on a free throw with 19 seconds left, but missed a second that would have put Mississippi State ahead. Then a Tigers turnover gave Dee Bost a chance to win with a layup with the score tied 82-82 with 32 seconds left in the first overtime, but missed.
Mitchell also had 11 rebounds. Marcus Thornton had 19 points and nine rebounds, Bo Spencer added 15 and Terry Martin had 11.
Varnado also had a career high with 31 points and six blocks to lead the Bulldogs before fouling out in overtime. Bost added 20 points and three steals and Barry Stewart had 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Tigers led 31-26 at halftime and never trailed in the second half, leading by as much as seven.
Mississippi State had hit 48 3-point shots in the previous three games, but LSU held the Bulldogs to five while hitting 10, the Tigers’ second best long-range effort this season.