STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Arnett Moultrie scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 18th double-double of the season and Mississippi State easily beat Arkansas 79-59 on Saturday.
It was Moultrie's fifth double-double in six games, and the 6-foot-11 junior was active early with 14 points and seven rebounds in the first half as the Bulldogs built a 37-23 lead.
The Bulldogs shot 51.8 percent from the field (29 of 56). Dee Bost scored 16 points and Brian Bryant added 15. They worked free for a variety of dunks -- several on lob passes over the smaller Razorbacks -- in piling up their first-half lead.
Mississippi State (21-10, 8-8 Southeastern Conference) won its second straight game and earned the No. 6 seed for next week's conference tournament in New Orleans.
Arkansas (18-13, 6-10) has lost seven of nine games. B.J. Young led the Razorbacks with 16 points while Mardracus Wade added 12.
"Give Mississippi State credit," said Arkansas Head Coach Mike Anderson. "They are a good basketball team, and they did a good job of attacking us tonight."
The Razorbacks shot 50 percent from the field and made six three-pointers in the second half, but it was too little, too late. Arkansas trailed 37-23 at the half, and started with a 7-3 run to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 11, 41-30, with 15:14 left. Over the next five minutes, however, Mississippi State used a 16-5 run to take a commanding 57-35 lead with 10:08 remaining on the clock.
The Razorbacks got a flurry of three-pointers late in the game and outscored the Bulldogs 18-9 over the final five minutes, but the lead was too large to make a comeback. Young had nine of his points in those final five minutes, and freshman Rashad Madden and sophomore Mardracus Wade added three-pointers in the late run as well.
"Our young guys did not give up," Anderson said. "They kept fighting, and the tried to make things happen."
On senior night in Starkville, Arkansas was able to match the Bulldogs' intensity early on. The Razorbacks' highlight of the night came on a 6-0 run that ended with a fast-break dunk by sophomore Brandon Mitchell to tie the game 15-15 with 11:35 left in the first half.
"I thought we came out with good energy," Anderson said. "This was an emotional game, and early on it was back and forth. We had a lot of opportunities, and you've got to take advantage of your opportunities to win on the road."
Mississippi State 79, Arkansas 59
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
Offensive Previews Oklahoma StateTexas offensive players discuss the Longhorns' upcoming game at Oklahoma State to kickoff Big 12 Conference play.
Horns DigestYesterday at 6:21 PM
Louisiana CB 'Real Close' to a DecisionIt may not be too long before one of the top cornerbacks in Louisiana makes his decision. Four schools are high on his list and you can get the latest here...
Scout FootballYesterday at 6:15 AM
JC defensive back talks ISU official visitOver the weekend, Iowa State played host to one of their top 2017 targets in the current recruiting cycle in Paramount, CA three-star JUCO CB Keisean Nixon. This visit for the…
AllCyclonesSunday at 6:34 PM
TCU vs Iowa State primerAfter falling in double-overtime to Arkansas, TCU looks to get back to their winning ways against Iowa State.
Horned Frog Insider09/15/2016