LSU Comes up Short to #16 Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Arnett Moultrie scored 28 points and

grabbed 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season and

No. 18 Mississippi State held off a late LSU charge to win 76-71 on

Wednesday night.

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.

Jalen Steele scored 15 points and Rodney Hood added 13.

Mississippi State (17-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) outrebounded

LSU 46-26.

Andre Stringer led the Tigers (12-8, 2-4) with 17 points off the

bench. Anthony Hickey scored 16 and Justin Hamilton added 11.

The Tigers hit four 3-pointers late to pull within 72-71 with

12.9 seconds left, but could not grab the lead.