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Mississippi St. 69, Arkansas 67

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Dietric Slater's layup with 9 seconds
left lifted Mississippi State to a 69-67 victory over Arkansas on
Saturday night, snapping the Razorbacks' nine-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) overcame big
games from Arkansas stars Ronnie Brewer, who had 24 points, and
Jonathon Modica, who added 20 for the Razorbacks (11-3, 0-1).

Slater finished with 13 points in the young Bulldogs' third
straight victory. They have won eight of nine since losing two
straight at home to teams from the lowly Southland Conference.

In this one, there were four ties and four lead changes in the
final 8 minutes.

Jamont Gordon tied it at 67 on a jumper with 50 seconds
remaining.

Arkansas then called time out and worked the ball to Ronnie
Brewer, who missed a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left. Slater got the
rebound and hit a reverse layup to give Mississippi State the lead
for good.

Charles Thomas rimmed out a 3-pointer at the buzzer for
Arkansas.

Charles Rhodes had 18 points to lead the Bulldogs, while
Reginald Delk had 11 and Gordon finished with 10.

Mississippi State let a 10-point halftime lead evaporate when
Arkansas opened the second half with an 18-7 run and took a 44-43
lead on Thomas' free throw with 14:35 remaining.

Neither team led by more than seven the rest of the way.

Steven Hill finished with 10 points for Arkansas, which hadn't
lost since Maryland beat the Razorbacks 72-65 in November.