STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Lawrence Roberts scored 20 points and
grabbed 15 rebounds as Mississippi State rallied to a 71-68 win
over in-state rival Mississippi on Saturday night.
Mississippi State (20-8, 8-6 Southeastern Conference), trailing
64-63, took the lead for good on Ontario Harper's only basket with
The Bulldogs secured the win with six straight free throws in
the stretch, including four by Roberts.
Shane Power added 18 points for the Bulldogs, who hit 23-of-25
from the free throw line. The win secured Mississippi State's
fourth consecutive 20-win season and enhanced their hopes for an
NCAA Tournament berth.
Ole Miss led 41-38 at halftime after a jumper by Fox with 4:31
left. The Rebels, hitting 17-of-29 from the field, got 11 points
from Abernethy to build the early lead.
The Rebels rebuilt the lead to 58-53 with 8:15 left but missed
opportunities to stretch the lead by hitting only 4-of-10 from the
free throw line.
Mississippi State also dominated the rebounding battle 38-19,
allowing the Bulldogs to make the decisive rally.
The Bulldogs shot 21-of-43 from the field, but turned the ball
over 19 times. Ole Miss finished 27-of-55 from the field, including
10-of-22 from three-point range.