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Feb. 9, 2012

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Ole Miss rallied late in the second half, but it wasn't enough in a 70-60 road loss at No. 18 Mississippi State Thursday night.

Reginald Buckner had 15 points and nine rebounds for Ole Miss (14-9, 4-5), which has lost three of four. Jarvis Summers scored 12 points and Jelan Kendrick tied a career high with 11 points for the Rebels.

Arnett Moultrie scored 18 points and Dee Bost dished a career-high 13 assists for the Bulldogs.

It was another efficient performance for the 6-foot-11 Moultrie, who was 9 of 14 from the field. Moultrie had plenty of easy looks thanks to several nice passes from Bost, who had eight assists in the first half as the Bulldogs built a 40-27 lead.

Mississippi State (19-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) scored the first eight points and never trailed.

Ole Miss brought the game to within five points at 33-27 late in the first half, but Mississippi State closed the period on a 7-0 run.

After the Bulldogs built a lead as great as 18 early in the second half, Ole Miss chipped away to bring it within 10, but could never close the gap all the way.

Ole Miss won the second half by a 33-30 margin.

The win for the Bulldogs avenged their 75-68 defeat to the Rebels in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 18.


 

 

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