OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Lawrence Roberts and Mississippi State
don't need to be in Starkville to feel at home.
Roberts scored 23 points and the Bulldogs (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 18 AP) beat
Mississippi 87-76 on Saturday for their NCAA-best 16th straight
"We don't have no magic dust or anything but to win on the
road, you have to defend and you have to rebound," Mississippi
State coach Rick Stansbury said. "Our kids understand that because
we preach it."
Gary Ervin added 15 points and 10 assists for the Bulldogs
(14-2, 2-0 SEC), who haven't lost a road game since a 70-62 loss at
Kentucky nearly two years ago -- though they did lose neutral-site
games against Syracuse and Arizona.
They've won four road games this season by an average of nearly
"Some of the seniors, our eyes get big going on the road,"
Roberts said. "It's a tremendous challenge -- you're going to
somebody else's home court and trying to pull out a win."
This one wasn't easy for the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State trailed for much of the first half and
struggled at other times during its eighth straight victory. Ole
Miss pulled to 52-49 on Tommie Eddie's layup with 15:47 left.
The Rebels, who entered shooting 40 percent from 3-point range,
were just 8-of-30 from beyond the arc.
"I can't get down on my guys for missing shots," Rebels coach
Rod Barnes said. "We got guys great looks and just didn't get the
breaks we needed."
Harper had 12 points and Marcus Campbell had 11 for the
Bulldogs, who shot nearly 57 percent from the field.
Mississippi State has beaten its cross-state rival seven
consecutive times and last lost to the Rebels in January 2002.
"Knowing they're our rival, it hurts to lose to them over and
over again," Nolen said.
For a while, it looked like the Bulldogs' winning streaks were
Three days after a lopsided loss at Arkansas, Ole Miss came out
inspired. The Rebels hit 10 of their first 15 shots and outhustled
Mississippi State in twice building 12-point leads.
"We don't ever panic or get down on one another," Roberts
Instead, a 21-4 run helped the Bulldogs dodge the Rebels' upset
bid. Mississippi State took the lead for good when a 3-pointer by
Edmondson made it 27-26 with 7:05 left in the first half.
Both teams regained their regular centers. Eddie returned to the
Rebels' lineup after missing the Arkansas game for an unspecified
"We preach family here, and it was hard to leave a family
member at home," Barnes said. "We're back together again. Now we
can go forward."
Campbell was back in the Bulldogs' lineup after serving a
one-game suspension for violating a team conduct rule.
Winsome Frazier, the Bulldogs' top 3-point shooter, left after
injuring his left ankle midway through the first half and did not
Stansbury said Frazier is scheduled for X-rays Monday and
declined to speculate how long the guard might be out.