ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia scored ten straight points midway through the second half after Mississippi State pulled to within seven points to pull away for an 86-73 victory Saturday.
The Southeastern Conference teams trying to preserve NCAA tournament hopes began the day with identical overall and SEC records and almost identical RPIs, Georgia is Number 61 and Mississippi State is Number 62.
Georgia (17-10 overall, 8-6 SEC) ended Mississippi State's four-game winning streak as Levi Stukes scored 21 points and Takais Brown added 17. Most of Stukes' outside shooting came after Brown established an early inside advantage. Billy Humphrey scored 13 points and Sundiata Gaines had 10 points.
Reginald Delk led Mississippi State (16-11 overall, 7-7 SEC) with 22 points. Dietric Slater added 18. Mississippi State's Jamont Gordon, coming off the school's second triple-double in a win over Vanderbilt, had eight points while making only three of 12 shots from the field. Georgia led only 62-55 before pulling away with a 10-0 run.
Stukes sparked the streak with a three-pointer. Brown scored eight of Georgia's first 12 points, all near the basket. Georgia was quick to take advantage of the big power forward Mississippi State started only one player listed as taller than six-foot-four.
When Mississippi State added more size and began collapsing its defense around Brown, Georgia quickly adjusted with a barrage of three-point shots. Georgia made six of its first eight three-point shots to take big leads of 21-9 and 41-27 before settling for a 47-33 halftime advantage. Georgia made 12 of 19 3-pointers for the game, including five of seven by Stukes.