Mississippi St. 68, No. 22 LSU 66
RALPH D. RUSSO
Feb. 03, 2000
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ Derrick Zimmerman hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and Mississippi State overcame a 12-point deficit in the final 5 1/2 minutes to beat No. 22 LSU 68-66 Wednesday night.
Tang Hamilton had 13 of his 17 points in the second half for the Bulldogs. Robert Jackson scored 14, all after halftime.
Torris Bright led LSU (16-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) with 17. Stromile Swift had 14, but just two in the second half.
LSU looked to be in control, up 63-51 with 5:30 left, but Mississippi State went on a 14-0 run. The Bulldogs (12-8, 3-4) took the lead when Hamilton slashed to the basket for a slam with 1:16 remaining.
Jabari Smith tied it for LSU with two free throws.
LSU nearly forced a turnover on Mississippi State's next possession, but the Bulldogs retrieved a loose ball and Marckell Patterson alertly called timeout with three seconds left on the shot clock.
Zimmerman caught the inbounds pass from Todd Myles, let it fly from about 26 feet and swished the shot to give Mississippi State a 68-65 lead and cap the comeback.
Swift made a windmill slam that gave LSU a 47-36 lead and prompted a timeout by Mississippi State with 15:49 left. Hamilton kept the Bulldogs in the game by scoring nine straight points.
Hamilton's 3-pointer with 11:29 left got the LSU lead down to 52-43 and started an 8-0 MSU run.
Smith momentarily restored order for LSU with a hoop that started an 11-3 run that built the lead back to 63-51, but the Tigers went cold offensively after the spurt.