Mississippi State expanded their lead to 20 points, but Ole Miss, primarily due to the outside shooting of junior Justin Reed, went on a 15-2 run that pulled them within 7 points of the Bulldogs. During the run, Reed made 8 points.
Mississippi State finally started answering Ole Miss shots with their own, eventually pulling back out to a 15-point lead before eventually winning by 9.
Ole Miss also had three players in double figures with Reed leading the way with 22. Emmanuel Wade and Derrick Allen scored 17 and 11 points apiece.
Although Ole Miss shot the ball 60 times, MSU held them to a 38.3% shooting percentage.
Meanwhile, MSU shot the ball at a 59.0% clip and shot 23 of 33 free throw attempts.
The Bulldogs completely dominated the Rebels in the paint, scoring 34 points to Ole Miss' 16.
MSU faces LSU noon Saturday. The winner of that game advances to the SEC Tournament championship game noon Sunday to face either Kentucky or Auburn.
Although most folks believe the Eastern Division was the tougher division this season, three of the last four teams standing in the SEC Tournament are teams from the Western Division.
Mississippi State Notes:
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