STARKVILLE, Miss. – Dee Bost scored 18 points and Renardo Sidney added 12 as Mississippi State beat Arkansas 67-56 on Wednesday night.
Mississippi State (13-10, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) trailed 36-35 with 17:50 remaining in the second half but used a 23-6 run over the next seven minutes to pull away. Bost made 7 of 12 shots from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, despite playing with a sore foot.
Arkansas (14-9, 4-6) lost for the 11th straight time at Humphrey Coliseum, dating back to 2000. Marcus Britt led the Razorbacks with 10 points, who lost their third straight overall.
Bost became the 33rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points, on a 3-pointer late in the first half. It tied the score at 25 and came in the middle of a 11-0 run for that helped push the Bulldogs’ lead to 33-28 by halftime.
Mississippi State used its eighth different starting lineup of the season, inserting freshman Shaun Smith for senior Riley Benock. Benock, who injured his shoulder during Tuesday’s practice, played 22 minutes off the bench and scored four points.
The Bulldogs were also without leading scorer Ravern Johnson, who has been suspended the past two games because of critical Tweets sent after a loss to Alabama last week and for violating the school’s class attendance policy.
Mississippi State won anyway, using solid defense and another solid game from Bost, who added three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Sidney finished with a double-double, adding 10 rebounds as the Bulldogs controlled the boards with a 41-28 advantage.
Mississippi State shot 46.8 percent (22 of 47) from the field.
Arkansas’ fortunes have largely rested on leading scorer Rotnei Clarke, who came into the game averaging 20 points per game during four SEC wins and just 5.6 points during five SEC losses.
That trend continued. Clarke was held scoreless in the first half and finished with nine points, more than four below his season average of 13.2 points. He finished 3 of 11 from the field and 2 of 6 from 3-point range.
Britt was the only Arkansas player who scored in double figures. The Razorbacks shot just 33.3 percent (20 of 60) from the field.