LSU 80

(14-8, 7-4 SEC)

Mississippi St 72

(18-7, 6-5 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, February 16, 2005

    Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi

    1 2 T
    LSU 41 3980
    MSST 37 3572

    Top Performers

    LSU: B. Bass 21 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Mississippi State: S. Power 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    LSU 80, Mississippi St. 72

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State was perfect at home, and LSU was nearly anything but on the road. Brandon Bass and the Tigers' overpowering front line reversed both trends.

    Bass had 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead LSU past Mississippi State 80-72 Wednesday night, snapping the Bulldogs' 12-game home winning streak.

    LSU (14-8, 7-4) won just its second road game this season and moved into second place in the SEC West behind Alabama.

    "Coach made it a big point in the locker room that we wanted to get the ball into the post," Bass said. "We feel like we've got some post guys who can score the ball inside, so that's what we do."

    Big-bodied freshman Glen Davis added 19 points, and Antonio Hudson and Tack Minor added 11 points apiece for the Tigers, who swept Mississippi State for the first time since 1993.

    "My concern from day one has been leadership and toughness," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "It's been exposed on the road. It hasn't been exposed at home. It got exposed at home today in that post."

    Mississippi State pulled to 70-65 when Ontario Harper's basket capped a 12-3 run with 3:18 to play. But star forward Lawrence Roberts fouled out 17 seconds later, allowing the Tigers to pull away in the final minutes.

    Shane Power had 20 points, and Roberts had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (18-7, 6-5), who fell into third place in the division.

    Winsome Frazier, who missed more than five weeks with a broken left foot, came off the bench to wild cheers and finished with 11 points in his first game back.

    "It felt real good shooting those 3s and getting the crowd back into it," Frazier said. "They were chanting my name, and it kept my energy going."

    Harper also had 11 points for the Bulldogs.

    LSU broke a 41-all tie with a 19-3 spurt in the second half. The Tigers held Mississippi State without a field goal for nearly eight minutes and led by 16 midway through the half.

    The Bulldogs entered as one of the best home teams in the SEC, having won all 10 of their previous home games this season.

    Conversely, LSU was one of the league's worst teams away from home with a 1-7 record outside of Baton Rouge, with its lone road win coming at struggling Georgia.

    LSU coach John Brady knew Mississippi State's recipe for home-court success -- strike quickly, build a big lead and demoralize its opponents with a punishing front line -- and made sure his Tigers didn't face any large deficits.

    LSU never trailed by more than four -- and wasn't behind at all in the second half.

    "When they start out well and the crowd gets behind them, they're tough, and it's hard to play from behind," Brady said. "So it was important for us, in the first 10 minutes particularly, to start as well as we did."

    But the combination of Bass and Davis -- a 6-foot-9, 310-pound freshman nicknamed "Baby Shaq" -- was too much for Mississippi State to contain -- even on its home floor, where the Bulldogs had been unbeatable during the past 12 months.

    The Bulldogs' last loss at Humphrey Coliseum came nearly one year ago, a four-point loss to Alabama on Feb. 21, 2004. They lost 69-62 to LSU in Baton Rouge last month.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 72
    FG Made-Attempted 30-59 (.508) 26-65 (.400)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-15 (.200) 8-19 (.421)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-28 (.607) 12-24 (.500)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 16 4

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