February 23, 2011

State slips up against LSU

STARKVILLE, Miss., - After 10 frustrating losses the ball finally bounced LSU's way Wednesday night.

Riley Benock's jumper at the buzzer went in and out preserving the Tigers 84-82 win over Mississippi State inside Humphrey Coliseum.

"I don't think we could have played better," said LSU head coach Trent Johnson. "We've been close but we haven't been finishing games. I thought this was as good as we could've played."

LSU (11-17, 3-10) rallied back from down 13-points early behind a barrage of 3-point baskets. The Tiger buried 8-of-14 behind the arc in the first half to take a 45-41 lead into the locker room.

"They survived us coming out early and jumping on them," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "They got back in it by just jumping up and making a lot of shots. I think (Aaron) Dotson was 4-for-20 (from 3-point range) on the year and hits three in that stretch."

LSU finished the game shooting 41.8-percent from the floor and had 17 second chance points.

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