Mississippi State has hung on for a 76-71 victory. LSU was down only three with the ball, but Dee Bost forced a turnover to seal it for the Bulldogs.
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A barrage of long-range buckets has LSU within 70-68 with 25 seconds to play. Mississippi State will have to win this one at the free-throw line.
A long delay after Ralston Turner hit an apparent 3 from the right corner just a minute ago. After studying video of Turner’s shots, the officials ruled the 3 good.
Arnett Moultrie continues to show why he’s one of 25 finalists for the Wooden Award given to the nation’s top player.
Moultrie has struck for five straight points, helping Mississippi State pull in front of LSU 61-52 with 5:20 to play. Moultrie leads all scorers with 22 points.
Jalen Steele struck again with anothe big 3-pointer for Mississippi State, but LSU continues to hang around. The Tigers trail only 56-52 with 7:37 to play.
Andre Stringer has hit a pair of 3-pointers, pulling LSU within 49-44 with 11:42 remaining. LSU had falled down by as much as 49-38 on a pair of Rodney Hood free throws.
Stringer has a team-high 13 points.
Keyed by big man Renardo Sidney’s surprise 3-pointer, Mississippi State has gone up 39-33 with 16:47 to play. LSU led 33-32 when Justin Hamilton scored on a putback to open the second half, but an alley-oop dunk by Arnett Moultrie gave State the lead back, and Sidney then hit from downtown for a four-point cushion.
Rodney Hood just scored inside and was fouled by Ralston Turner. He is at the line looking to make it a seven-point game.
LSU had the lead and the ball as the clock ticked under 10 seconds to play in the first half. A lazy pass by Anthony Hickey, however, was intercepted by Arnett Moultrie, who went the length of the court for a lay-up with three seconds to go.
State has a 32-31 lead as the teams enter intermission.
Reserve guard Jalen Steele did much of the damage for the Bulldogs as the home team overcome early deficits of 18-11 and 28-22. Steele, who averages only 7.3 points, had eight straight for State late in the first half to enter the break with a game-high 10.
Looking to win its second straight game at Humphrey Coliseum, LSU took its first lead on a Hickey layup at the 18:26 mark and did not trail until Steele hit a pair of free throws for a 30-28 edge with 2:24 to play. Ralston Turner gave the Tigers the lead back when he connected on a 3 with 55 seconds left, but the cheap basket by Moultrie gave the lead back to the Bulldogs.
LSU shot 46.2 percent from the field, including 42.9 percent (3-for-7) from 3-point range. But State has dominated the battle on the boards 20-12.
Andre Stringer has seven points for LSU, followed by Justin Hamilton and Hickey with five apiece.
Moultrie has nine points for State.
Mississippi State guard Jalen Steele has come off the bench to spark the Bulldogs. He has eight points so far, including back-to-back 3′s to draw the Bulldogs even at 28-28 with 2:30 to play in the first half.
Justin Hamilton had given LSU a 28-22 lead with an inside score with 3:53 to go.
Andre Stringer and Chris Bass have hit back-to-back long-range jumpers, helping LSU answer a mini-State run. The Tigers now lead 23-18 with 6:37 to go in the first half.
Highly entertaining game thus far.
LSU’s now up 18-11 with 9:25 to go in the first half thanks to a thunderous dunk by Storm Warren in a halfcourt situation and a Justin Hamilton putback jam of a Chris Bass missed jumper.
Mississippi State has cut into LSU’s early five-point lead, but the Tigers still hold a 14-11 edge with 11:22 to play in the first half here at Humphrey Coliseum.
* Johnny O’Bryant checked in along with Andre Stringer with at about the 15-minute mark and promptly knocked down a jumper from the left wing. O’Bryant, who underwent surgery Jan. 5 to repair a broken bone in his left (non-shooting) hand, is wearing bandages on the hand. He is seeing his first action of the SEC season.
* Eddie Ludwig got his first start of the SEC slate as coach Trent Johnson played Stringer off the bench.
* Star newcomer Arnett Moutrie scored five of State’s first seven points.
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