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Bulldogs Headed To SEC Championship

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jarvis Varnado scored 19 points and Barry

Stewart added 17 Saturday to lead surging Mississippi State into

the championship game of the Southeastern Conference tournament

with a 67-57 upset of No. 20 LSU.

The Bulldogs (22-12) began the week needing to win two or three

times to improve their chances of getting a spot in the NCAA

tournament. Now, they're in a position to claim the SEC's automatic

berth with their first conference tourney title since 2002.

LSU (26-7) beat Mississippi State twice during the regular

season, but were no match this time with SEC player of the year

Marcus Thornton scoring 14 on 5-for-19 shooting and the Tigers

hitting only 31 percent overall.

The victory was the fifth straight for Mississippi State. LSU

has lost three of four since clinching the SEC regular-season


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