STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Craig Sword scored a team-high 12 points and Mississippi State survived a scare from Jackson State Wednesday at Humphrey Coliseum but held on for a 58-56 victory.
Sword had six of his 12 points in the final four minutes. MSU (4-1) also received 11 points each from Fred Thomas and Roquez Johnson.
The Tigers did control the boards for much of the first half and grabbed the first nine rebounds of the game. MSU also had 10 first-half turnovers.
Jackson State (2-5) had a shot to win the game at the final buzzer but Julysses Nobles' 3-point attempt fell short.
Nobles led Jackson State with a game-high 22 points.