LSU Beats Mississippi St. 81-57

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 31 points as LSU
extended its homecourt winning streak to 17 games with an 81-57
Southeastern Conference victory against Mississippi State on
Wednesday night.

The victory enabled the Tigers (15-3, 3-1) to move into a tie
with the Bulldogs (13-6, 3-1) for first place in the SEC West.
Mississippi State's loss ended a five-game winning streak.

LSU lost most of its 13-point first-half lead in the first
couple of minutes after halftime. Then, Thornton took over by
scoring 17 points in a four-minute span. Thornton knocked down four
3-pointers as the Tigers outscored Mississippi State 22-7.

Thornton's layup following a steal gave LSU a 60-42 lead, and
the Tigers cruised from there.

Tasmin Mitchell was the only other LSU player in double figures
with 24 points.

Jarvis Varnado led the Bulldogs with 18 points.