STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Craig Sword had a game-high 15 points to lead Mississippi State to a 52-43 victory over Missouri in both team's regular-season finale. It was the Bulldogs' largest margin of victory in an SEC game this season.
The Bulldogs (13-18, 6-12 Southeastern) also got nine points each from Gavin Ware and Demetrius Houston. Missouri (9-22, 3-14) was led by Keith Shamburger and Namon Wright with 12 points each. Johnathan Williams III added 10 points for Missouri.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, but trailing 10-9 at the midway point, Mississippi State went on an 11-3 run and took a 20-12 lead after a Travis Daniels 3-pointer.
The Bulldogs maintained that eight-point advantage the rest of the half and led 27-19 at halftime. Mississippi State shot 46 percent in the first half while holding the Tigers to just 28 percent.