Antonnio Benton led SE Louisiana (3-6) with 26 points and eight rebounds. The Lions pulled within 63-62 on a jumper by Devonte Upson with 2:01 left, but missed five consecutive shots in the final two minutes.
SE Louisiana led 33-32 at halftime, but lost for the fourth consecutive game. The Lions finished 24 of 56, 42.9 percent from the field. Mississippi State was 24 of 45, 53.3 percent, but struggled at the free throw line, managing 12 of 24.
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