Varnado leads Miss. St. to 74-66 win over Alabama

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Jarvis Varnado broke the NCAA's career
record for blocks and had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead
Mississippi State to 20 wins with a 74-66 victory over Alabama on
Wednesday night.

Varnado was two shy of his third triple-double with eight blocks
for the Bulldogs (20-8, 8-5), who took a one-game lead in the
Southeastern Conference's Western Division with three games left.
They also sent the Crimson Tide (14-13, 4-9) to its sixth straight
road loss.

Dee Bost had 22 points, including consecutive 3-pointers late,
to help Mississippi State win its fourth game in five contests.

Varnado broke Wojciech Mydra's record of 535 career blocks,
which the Louisiana-Monroe center set from 1998-2002. He now has
142 this season and 536 in his career.

He had six second-half blocks and used his intimidating presence
to help the Bulldogs pull away.

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