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Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press
LSU forward Storm Warren (24) and guard Ralston Turner (22) battle Mississippi State center Wendell Lewis (30) and guard Jalen Steele (0) for a first-half rebound in their NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Arnett Moultrie scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season and No. 18 Mississippi State held off a late LSU charge to win 76-71 on Wednesday night.

Moultrie had 19 points in the second half as the Bulldogs built on a 32-31 halftime lead. The 6-foot-11 junior made 10 of 18 shots from the field and grabbed six offensive rebounds.

Jalen Steele scored 15 points and Rodney Hood added 13. Mississippi State (17-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) outrebounded LSU 46-26.

Andre Stringer led the Tigers (12-8, 2-4) with 17 points off the bench. Anthony Hickey scored 16 and Justin Hamilton added 11.

The Tigers hit four 3-pointers late to pull within 72-71 with 12.9 seconds left, but could not grab the lead.