Arkansas 59

(18-13, 6-10 SEC)

Mississippi St 79

(21-10, 8-8 SEC)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    5:00 PM ET, March 3, 2012

    Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi

    1 2 T
    ARK 23 3659
    MSST 37 4279

    Top Performers

    Arkansas: B. Young 16 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast

    Mississippi St: A. Moultrie 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Mississippi St. 79, Arkansas 59

    Associated Press

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Arnett Moultrie scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 18th double-double of the season and Mississippi State easily beat Arkansas 79-59 on Saturday.

    It was Moultrie's fifth double-double in six games, and the 6-foot-11 junior was active early with 14 points and seven rebounds in the first half as the Bulldogs built a 37-23 lead.

    The Bulldogs shot 51.8 percent from the field (29 of 56) -- including 55.6 percent in the second half (15 of 27). Dee Bost scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished seven assits while Brian Bryant added 15. The two seniors were playing in their final regular-season game at Humphrey Coliseum.

    Mississippi State (21-10, 8-8 Southeastern Conference) won its second straight game and earned the No. 6 seed for next week's conference tournament in New Orleans.

    Arkansas (18-13, 6-10) has lost seven of nine games. B.J. Young led the Razorbacks with 16 points while Mardracus Wade added 12 and Rashad Madden scored 10.

    The dominating victory was further proof that Mississippi State has recovered from its five-game February skid. The Bulldogs ended the losing streak on Wednesday with an overtime victory at South Carolina and followed up by whipping the Razorbacks in their most complete performance in more than a month.

    Mississippi State had a substantial size advantage in the post and exploited it repeatedly. The two teams went back and forth for the first few minutes, but the Bulldogs pulled ahead thanks to easy looks at the rim for Moultrie, Renardo Sidney and Wendell Lewis.

    Mississippi State finished the game with 10 dunks, outscored Arkansas 42-22 in the paint and outrebounded the Razorbacks 36-27.

    Moultrie finished with another efficient night in a season full of them, making 7 of 9 shots from the field and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line. He also added two assists, two blocks and two steals.

    While MIssissippi State was getting point-blank opportunities in the post, Arkansas had to settle for mostly jump shots. Young shot 7 of 10 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range.


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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 59 79
    FG Made-Attempted 23-56 (.411) 29-56 (.518)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-23 (.348) 6-20 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-7 (.714) 15-17 (.882)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 29

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