Charles Rhodes scored 26 points and Jamont Gordon had 13 as Mississippi State used its tireless defense to upset No. 17 Mississippi 88-68 today (Saturday).
Rhodes and frontcourtmate Jarvis Varnado forced early foul trouble for the Rebels (15-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) and harassed them the entire game.
The Bulldogs (14-5, 5-0) extended their winning streak to nine games overall and five in the SEC.
Ole Miss has gone 2-3 in conference play after starting 13-0. It was the Rebels' second straight loss and their third straight on the road.
The Rebels have lost 23 of their last 25 in Starkville, where they have not won since Feb. 21, 1998, a string of 10 straight losses.
The Bulldogs have won 11 of 13 against the Rebels since 2001-02 and 15 of the last 19.
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