STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State came from six points down inside six minutes to play to post an 89-83 victory over Arkansas on Wednesday.
The loss drops Arkansas to 13-14 overall and 5-10 in the Southeastern Conference while the Bulldogs improve to 22-7 and 9-6.
Arkansas played well Wednesday, scoring more points than it has in the past seven games and recording its best shooting percentage (.459) in five games.
The Razorbacks rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit, 39-28, to tie the game at the half, 41-41. Brandon Dean had five points in the run, including a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer.
In the second period, MSU worked the ball inside to Mario Austin while Jannero Pargo was hot for the Hogs. Austin, who had 16 of his 30 points in the second half, and finished with a game-high 13 rebounds, converted a three-point play to get the Bulldogs within 55-54 with 12:51 remaining. Pargo, who had 25 of his career-high tying 35 points in the second half, converted a three-point play to give the Razorbacks a 60-56 lead at the 10:53 mark.
Pargo made two free throws to give Arkansas a 70-65 lead and two more for a 72-66 advantage with 5:45 remaining.
Austin scored four points in a 7-0 run to put MSU ahead 73-72. UA’s last lead came on a Matt Jones layup with 2:15 to play, giving Arkansas a 77-76 advantage. Another 7-0 run by MSU, including five points by Marckell Patterson, put the Bulldogs in control at 83-77 with 48 seconds left.
Pargo made 10 of 18 shots, including seven of 12 three-pointers. Dean finished with 18 points and Teddy Gipson 12 on five of 10 shooting.
Austin made 10 of 12 shots from the field and another 10 of 12 at the line. Patterson had 21 points and Derrick Zimmerman 11.
MSU outscored Arkansas 32-14 at the line. The Bulldogs were 32 of 45 while Arkansas was 14 of 17.
The Razorbacks close out the regular season Saturday at 2 p.m. against Vanderbilt at Bud Walton Arena in a non-televised game.