Ole Miss Falls To Mississippi State, 71-68

Feb. 26, 2005

Box Score

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Lawrence Roberts had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Mississippi State rallied for a 71-68 win over rival Mississippi on Saturday night.

Mississippi State (20-8, 8-6 Southeastern Conference), trailing 64-63, took the lead for good on Ontario Harper's only basket with 2:12 left.

The Bulldogs secured the win with six straight free throws in the stretch, including four by Roberts.

Shane Power added 18 points for the Bulldogs, who hit 23-of-25 from the free throw line. The win secured Mississippi State's fourth consecutive 20-win season and enhanced their hopes for an NCAA tournament berth.

Todd Abernethy had 14 points for Ole Miss (13-14, 4-10 SEC). Kendrick Fox had 13 points and Tommie Eddie added 10 for the Rebels.

Ole Miss led 41-38 at halftime after a jumper by Fox with 4:31 left. The Rebels, hitting 17-of-29 from the field, got 11 points from Abernethy to build the early lead.

The Rebels rebuilt the lead to 58-53 with 8:15 left but missed opportunities to stretch the lead by hitting only 4-of-10 from the free throw line.

Mississippi State also dominated the rebounding battle 38-19, allowing the Bulldogs to make the decisive rally.

The Bulldogs shot 21-of-43 from the field, but turned the ball over 19 times. Ole Miss finished 27-of-55 from the field, including 10-of-22 from three-point range.


 

 

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