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Mississippi State's Renardo Sidney (1) dunks during the first half of the their NCAA college basketball game with Mississippi in Starkville, Miss., Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo Jim Lytle)

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Arnett Moultrie scored 18 points, Dee Bost dished a career-high 13 assists and No. 20 Mississippi State easily beat rival Mississippi 70-60 on Thursday night.

It was another efficient performance for the 6-foot-11 Moultrie, who was 9 of 14 from the field. Moultrie had plenty of easy looks thanks to several nice passes from Bost, who had eight assists in the first half as the Bulldogs built a 40-27 lead.

The 6-foot-2 senior's 13 assists were the most by an SEC player this season.

Mississippi State (19-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) scored the first eight points and never trailed. Renardo Sidney added 14 points and Rodney Hood scored 10 for the Bulldogs.

Reginald Buckner had 15 points and nine rebounds for Ole Miss (14-9, 4-5), which has lost three of four. Jarvis Summers scored 12 points and Jelan Kendrick added 11 for the Rebels.

Mississippi State's 13-game home winning streak is tied for the program's second-longest since Humphrey Coliseum opened in 1975. The Bulldogs have a chance to tie the record on Saturday against Georgia.

Ole Miss won the first meeting between the teams 75-68 on Jan. 18 mostly thanks to Buckner, who had a career-high 19 points and 15 rebounds. The 6-8 junior forward had another good performance in the second go-round, but the rest of the Rebels couldn't keep pace and appeared overmatched from the outset in front of a raucous crowd of 10,364.

Mississippi State pushed its lead to double figures by midway through the first half. The Rebels pulled within 33-27 on Jarvis Summers 3-pointer, but Moultrie ended the half with two thunderous dunks — one on a spectacular halfcourt alley-oop pass from Bost — and the Bulldogs had a 40-27 lead.

After a subpar game against Ole Miss in the first meeting, Mississippi State's big men were active and dominant.

Moultrie found plenty of room to work in the paint and often slipped behind or around the Ole Miss defense for an uncontested dunk. He had nine rebounds, falling one shy of his 14th double-double of the season. Sidney was efficient, too, making 6 of 9 shots from the field and grabbing seven rebounds.

Mississippi State outrebounded Mississippi 38-33.

Bost is already Mississippi State's career leader in assists, but he had his best game passing the ball against the Rebels. The Bulldogs had a size advantage in the post and took advantage of it from the first play, when Bost found Sidney in the paint for an easy layup.


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