STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State was perfect at home,
and LSU was nearly anything but on the road. Brandon Bass and the
Tigers' overpowering front line reversed both trends.
Bass had 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead LSU
past Mississippi State 80-72 Wednesday night, snapping the
Bulldogs' 12-game home winning streak.
LSU (14-8, 7-4) won just its second road game this season and
moved into second place in the SEC West behind Alabama.
"Coach made it a big point in the locker room that we wanted to
get the ball into the post," Bass said. "We feel like we've got
some post guys who can score the ball inside, so that's what we
"My concern from day one has been leadership and toughness,"
Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "It's been exposed on
the road. It hasn't been exposed at home. It got exposed at home
today in that post."
Mississippi State pulled to 70-65 when Ontario Harper's basket
capped a 12-3 run with 3:18 to play. But star forward Lawrence
Roberts fouled out 17 seconds later, allowing the Tigers to pull
away in the final minutes.
Shane Power had 20 points, and Roberts had 13 points and 14
rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (18-7, 6-5), who fell into third
place in the division.
Winsome Frazier, who missed more than five weeks with a broken
left foot, came off the bench to wild cheers and finished with 11
points in his first game back.
"It felt real good shooting those 3s and getting the crowd back
into it," Frazier said. "They were chanting my name, and it kept
my energy going."
Harper also had 11 points for the Bulldogs.
LSU broke a 41-all tie with a 19-3 spurt in the second half. The
Tigers held Mississippi State without a field goal for nearly eight
minutes and led by 16 midway through the half.
The Bulldogs entered as one of the best home teams in the SEC,
having won all 10 of their previous home games this season.
Conversely, LSU was one of the league's worst teams away from
home with a 1-7 record outside of Baton Rouge, with its lone road
win coming at struggling Georgia.
LSU coach John Brady knew Mississippi State's recipe for
home-court success -- strike quickly, build a big lead and
demoralize its opponents with a punishing front line -- and made
sure his Tigers didn't face any large deficits.
LSU never trailed by more than four -- and wasn't behind at all
in the second half.
"When they start out well and the crowd gets behind them,
they're tough, and it's hard to play from behind," Brady said.
"So it was important for us, in the first 10 minutes particularly,
to start as well as we did."
But the combination of Bass and Davis -- a 6-foot-9, 310-pound
freshman nicknamed "Baby Shaq" -- was too much for Mississippi
State to contain -- even on its home floor, where the Bulldogs had
been unbeatable during the past 12 months.
The Bulldogs' last loss at Humphrey Coliseum came nearly one
year ago, a four-point loss to Alabama on Feb. 21, 2004. They lost
69-62 to LSU in Baton Rouge last month.