Scores

Final

Ole Miss 68

(13-14, 4-10 SEC)

Mississippi St 71

(20-8, 8-6 SEC)

    7:00 PM ET, February 26, 2005

    Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi

    1 2 T
    MISS 41 2768
    MSST 38 3371

    Top Performers

    Ole Miss: T. Abernethy 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mississippi State: L. Roberts 20 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mississippi St. 71, Mississippi 68

    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 2:12 left.

    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.

    Todd Abernethy had 14 points for Ole Miss (13-14, 4-10 SEC). Kendrick Fox had 13 points and Tommie Eddie added 10 for the Rebels.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MISS
    MSST
    Points 68 71
    FG Made-Attempted 27-55 (.491) 21-43 (.488)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-22 (.455) 6-13 (.462)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-10 (.400) 23-25 (.920)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 6

    2004-05 Season

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