Mississippi State pulls away from Ole Miss in second half

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Will McNair Jr. scored a season-high 13 points, Tolu Smith added 12 and Mississippi State warmed up in the second half to beat Mississippi 64-54. After neither team reached 32% in the first half, the Bulldogs shot 50% in the second, outscoring the Rebels 28-8 over an 11-minute stretch to go up by 13 with 1:22 remaining. Chris Jans got his first SEC coaching victory and the Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak after opening the season with 11 straight wins. Matthew Murrell led the Rebels with 19 points. Ole Miss lost its fourth straight game.

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