Bulldogs hold off furious LSU rally

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 12:23 a.m.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Michael Ignerski scored 15 points, including Mississippi State's final two baskets, as the Bulldogs went the final 5:42 without a field goal and withstood a frantic last-minute rally by LSU for a 67-64 victory Saturday.
The Tigers (12-5, 1-4 SEC) were down 65-53 with 55 seconds left, and it looked like their third straight loss was a foregone conclusion.
But Mississippi State (12-4, 2-3) got sloppy and couldn't make its free throws, while LSU started making 3-pointers from all angles.
The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 11-0 in a 44-second span, getting three straight 3s from Darrel Mitchell, Torris Bright and Ronald Dupree. Dupree's was a leaner with 11.7 seconds left that made it 65-64.
Derrick Zimmerman hit two free throws for Mississippi State to up the lead to 67-64 with 9.5 seconds left.
Bright then dribbled down the court and behind a screen, but 6-foot-9 Mario Austin stepped out to put a hand in Bright's face and the long 3-pointer missed badly to the right of the basket.
After Zimmerman missed two free throws with a little over a second left, Dupree's long heave from the backcourt came up well short.
  • MISSISSIPPI 73, ARKANSAS 54: In Oxford, Justin Reed scored 17 points for Mississippi and the Rebels held Arkansas to one field goal in the final 12 minutes.
    Ole Miss (12-4, 3-2 SEC) has won six straight games and 11 of 13 against the Razorbacks (6-10, 1-4). The Rebels shot 52.6 percent in the second half for their third consecutive win.
    Ole Miss led 47-46 with 12:05 remaining when the Rebels went on a 12-0 run to take a 59-46 lead with 5:32 left.
  • NO. 9 LOUISVILLE 72, TENNESSEE 69: In Knoxville, Taquan Dean hit a key 3-pointer and Kendall Dartez made a jumper in the final minute as No. 9 Louisville (14-1) rallied to beat Tennessee (9-6).
    Reese Gaines scored 22 points, Marvin Stone added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Erik Brown had 11 points for the Cardinals (14-1), who have won 13 in a row to tie Oklahoma State for the longest winning streak in the country.
    Tennessee (9-6), which lost to Louisville by one point last season, was in control for much of the game but couldn't hold on in the end.
    The Cardinals, who trailed by as many as 12, took their first lead of the game on Dean's 3-pointer with 4:14 that capped an 18-8 run.
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