BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Jarvis Varnado scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds as Mississippi State defeated LSU 61-39 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Wednesday.
Jamont Gordon added 13 points and Barry Stewart had 11 for Mississippi State (10-5), which never trailed.The Bulldogs held LSU to 21 percent shooting (14-of-66) from the field. Mississippi State also blocked 10 Tigers shots.Marcus Thornton led LSU (7-8) with 12 points, while Anthony Randolph had 10.Mississippi State led at the half, 25-19.Starting the second half with a six-point lead, Mississippi State increased its margin to 14 points in the first eight minutes. A three-point play by Randolph on LSU's first possession left the Bulldogs ahead by just three points at 25-22. Mississippi State then went on a 13-2 run and never looked back.