Jarvis Varnado scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds as Mississippi State defeated LSU 61-39 Wednesday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Jamont Gordon added 13 points and Barry Stewart had 11 for Mississippi State (10-5), which never trailed.
The Bulldogs held LSU to 21 percent shooting (14-of-66) from the field and also blocked 10 Tigers shots.
Marcus Thornton led LSU (7-8) with 12 points, while Anthony Randolph had 10.
Mississippi State led 25-19 at the half and increased its margin to 14 points in the first eight minutes.
A three-point play by Randolph on LSU's first possession left the Bulldogs ahead by just three points. Mississippi State then went on a 13-2 run and never looked back.
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