Arkansas 73

(18-9, 7-7 SEC)

Miss St 69

(13-14, 3-11 SEC)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    4:00 PM ET, February 22, 2014

    Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi

    1 2 T
    ARK 39 3473
    MSST 35 3469

    Top Performers

    Arkansas: B. Portis 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Mississippi St: C. Borchert 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Arkansas holds off Mississippi State 73-69

    Associated Press

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Anthlon Bell scored a career-high 19 points to lead Arkansas to a 73-69 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday, its first win in Starkville in 14 years.

    Arkansas (18-9, 7-7 Southeastern Conference) shot 44 percent (28-of-64) from the field and hit eight 3-pointers, seven in the first half. The Razorbacks have now won five of their last six.

    Bell was 8-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-8 from 3-point range. Michael Qualls scored 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting and Bobby Portis added 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting for the Razorbacks.

    Mississippi State (13-14, 3-11 SEC) also shot 44 percent (26-of-59) from the field, but struggled with turnovers and failed at times to defend the perimeter. The Bulldogs have lost nine games in a row. Colin Borchert led Mississippi State with 21 points and 7 rebounds.

    Roquez Johnson added 11 points and Trivante Bloodman and Craig Sword both chipped in 10 points.

    Arkansas opened the game 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and led for most of the first half. MSU took a brief 15-14 lead, but the Razorbacks immediately hit another 3-pointer, stole the ball twice and hit two quick layups to open back up a six-point lead. Arkansas led 39-35 at the half.

    In the second half, MSU pulled to within two points early, but Arkansas never surrendered the lead. MSU made a late rally and trailed 73-69 with 40 seconds remaining, but missed a 3-pointer on its final possession.

    Arkansas lost the rebounding battle 43-36 but forced 16 Mississippi State turnovers, which it converted to 19 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 73 69
    FG Made-Attempted 28-64 (.438) 26-59 (.441)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-25 (.320) 7-14 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-17 (.529) 10-21 (.476)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 16 (0/0)

    2013-14 Season

    Series tied 0-0
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