NCAA BK

LSU falls 76-71 to No. 18 Mississippi St.

Share This Story

   
 

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP)

LSU's frantic last-minute rally fell a few points short in a 76-71 loss to No. 18 Mississippi State on Wednesday night.

But Tigers' coach Trent Johnson couldn't find much fault with his team. The officiating was another story.

Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie tied a career-high with 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, finishing with his 12th double-double of the season. Johnson was called for a technical foul in the final seconds, and voiced his displeasure after the game.

''When you've got good kids and they struggle and they fight and there's things going on out there you don't like, that's hard,'' Johnson said.

Later he added: ''The game was decided on the boards, but there was a reason for that. You can't be as aggressive as you want. I just want a clarification so I can help my kids.''

Moultrie had 19 points in the second half as the Bulldogs built on a 32-31 halftime lead. The 6-foot-11 junior made 10 of 18 shots from the field and grabbed six offensive rebounds, scoring on his usual array of alley-oops, putbacks and post moves.

''We got the ball in there to him a lot in the first half, but he missed some shots,'' Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. ''He really found a way to finish in the second half.''

Jalen Steele scored 15 points - hitting 3 of 4 from 3-point range - and Rodney Hood added 13 for Mississippi State (17-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), which outrebounded LSU 46-26. Dee Bost had nine points, seven rebounds and 10 assists.

Andre Stringer led the Tigers (12-8, 2-4) with 17 points off the bench. Anthony Hickey scored 16 and 7-foot Justin Hamilton added 11.

Mississippi State led by as many as 12 points in the second half and appeared to have the game in hand after taking a 68-59 lead with 1:50 remaining. But then LSU went on a stunning run from 3-point range.

Hickey drilled back-to-back jumpers from behind the arc to pull LSU within 68-65 with 54 seconds remaining. Ralston Turner hit another 3 to make it 70-68 and Hickey hit another that bounced off the backboard to pull to 72-71 with 15 seconds left.

''We had the game under control and then they made some great threes,'' Stansbury said.

The only thing that saved the Bulldogs was a 6-for-6 performance at the free throw line during the final minutes and a defensive stand on the last possession that ended with Moultrie and Bost knocking the ball away from Hickey.

Steele scored a team-high 10 points in the first half as Mississippi State took a 32-31 lead at halftime.

LSU scored first after the break on Hamilton's layup, but the Bulldogs scored the next 11 points to take a 43-33 lead.

LSU is one of the few teams in the SEC that appeared to have the size to match up against the Bulldogs, especially since 6-9 freshman Johnny O'Bryant played for the first time in five games after breaking a bone in his non-shooting (left) hand. O'Bryant played with a wrap on the hand, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds.

But nobody could stop Moultrie, who leads the SEC in double-doubles and rebounding, averaging more than 11 per game.

''I really felt good during the shootaround,'' Moultrie said. ''When that happens I know I'm going to have a good game.''

LSU has lost four of its past five games. Stringer's good play earlier in the game kept the Tigers within striking range.

Stringer was banished to the bench for just the second time this season after a poor performance over the weekend against Florida, but responded with one of his better games of the season, scoring 17 points in 25 minutes.

The 5-9 point guard from nearby Jackson scored eight straight points at one point in the second half, including back-to-back 3-pointers, to shrink an 11-point deficit to 49-46 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

-----

Follow David Brandt on Twitter: (at)davidbrandt

Tagged: LSU, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Arnett Moultrie, Andre Stringer

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NCAA BK Videos

Georgetown, Syracuse to renew CBK rivalry Posted: Jun 10, 2014
Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III on the renewal of the rivalry betw...

Cuonzo Martin new head coach at Cal Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Cuonzo Martin is introduced as Cal's new head coach.

UConn tops Notre Dame in women's final Posted: Apr 09, 2014
Hear from Geno Auriemma and his players after their National Championship victor...

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/885881/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_885000/ff_885881_xl.jpg&w=100 74.95 Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black
    Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Georgetown_Hoyas/browse/featuredproduct/1030243/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1030000/ff_1030243_xl.jpg&w=100 119.95 Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue
    Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Duke_Blue_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/1032710/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1032000/ff_1032710_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue
    Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oregon_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/1052002/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052002_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green
    Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/1052645/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052645_xl.jpg&w=100 29.95 Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet
    Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Indiana_Hoosiers/browse/featuredproduct/1124528/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1124000/ff_1124528_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Cri..
    adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Louisville_Cardinals/browse/featuredproduct/1127200/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127200_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red
    adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish/browse/featuredproduct/1127218/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127218_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey ..
    Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Gonzaga_Bulldogs/browse/featuredproduct/1155821/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1155000/ff_1155821_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue
    Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Champions Adjustable Hat – Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Hurricanes/browse/featuredproduct/1177723/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1177000/ff_1177723_xl.jpg&w=100 25.95 Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Cham..