POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 12:37am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 12:43am
BATON ROUGE, LA — Anthony Hickey hit a running 8-foot jumper in the lane with 1.4 seconds to play, as the LSU men's basketball team rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit to defeat No. 23 Mississippi State, 69-67, in overtime on Tuesday.
Tied at 67-67 coming out of a timeout, Mississippi State's Brian Bryant missed the back end of a one-and-one free throw to give the Tigers a chance for victory. Hickey dribbled into the front court, around a screen by center Justin Hamilton and into the paint for the game winner.
LSU (15-10, 5-6 SEC), which trailed 30-13 with less than six minutes to play in the opening half, cut the deficit to 36-29 at halftime and tied the game by scoring the first seven points of the second half.
The Tigers improved to 5-1 in SEC home games this season and will look for their first road win in league play on Saturday at South Carolina (12:45 p.m. CT, SEC Network).
Ralston Turner had a game-high 17 points for LSU, while Hamilton added 14 points. Andre Stringer and Storm Warren had 10 points each, as the Tigers shot 41.5 percent from the field. Warren added a team-high 11 rebounds, and Hickey finished with eight points.
Mississippi State, which looked to shoot the Tigers out of the building in the opening 12 minutes, cooled to 45 percent (27 of 60) including 6-of-18 from three point range. The Bulldogs were led by guard Dee Bost with 15 points and guard Rodney Hood with 14. Forward Arnett Moultrie added a double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but left the game with a left shoulder injury after charging into Hamilton in the closing seconds of regulation.