BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Ronald Dupree scored eight of his 18 points in the final 12 minutes and Jaime Lloreda added 19 points as Louisiana State posted an 85-72 triumph over Southeastern Conference rival and eighth-ranked Mississippi State.
Mississippi State was within 54-52 following a layup by Marcus Campbell with 12:15 to go. But Dupree hit two free throws just over a minute later and Lloreda followed with a dunk.
Winsome Frazier buried a 3-pointer for the Bulldogs with 10 1/2 minutes to play but Dupree and freshman Darrel Mitchell had two free throws apiece.
LSU (11-2, 1-1 SEC West) got a boost from the return of Lloreda, who had been sidelined since suffering a bruised left knee last Sunday against Georgia. The 6-9 Panamanian made 9-of-15 shots.
"He works so hard," Bulldogs coach Rick Stansbury said. "That is what makes him good. He has a good feel for defenders. I think the thing that makes him special is that he works hard. Every time the ball is shot, he is going after it."
Lloreda was part of an outstanding shooting night by the Tigers, who made 32-of-51 shots from the field (63 percent), including half of their 12 3-point attempts.
LSU also benefited from 11 steals and a 31-24 edge on the boards.
"I credit the players for carrying out a game plan and doing what was necessary to win the game," LSU coach John Brady said. "You can always give them some ideas on how to do it and what to do but they have to recognize it and execute it."
Mississippi State (10-3, 0-2) has dropped two straight conference games after a 10-game winning streak.
The Bulldogs made 10-of-24 3-point attempts but never got on a prolonged run in the second half. Timmy Bowers and reserve Marco Austin had 17 points apiece for Mississippi State.
"We were playing against a very good LSU basketball team," Stansbury said. "They have a lot of experience and a good low post guy. The two areas I am disappointed with my team is the ability to defend and the ability to rebound."
Austin came off the bench due to a sore right knee hurt in Tuesday's loss to Florida.
The win was just the fifth for LSU in the last 20 meetings between the teams. But the Tigers now have a pair of victories against top-10 opponents this season, having beaten No. 1 Arizona in December.
Dupree had 12 rebounds in the contest while Torris Bright had 17 points - he made all seven of his shots - and 10 assists.
Mississippi State held an early 9-6 edge but LSU went on an 18-5 run. Lloreda had back-to-back baskets to ignite the run and capped it with a layup with 7:15 left in the half.
The Tigers led 39-30 with 35 seconds left in the half but Bowers hit a 3-pointer and LSU trailed by just six at the half.
Lloreda had six of the first eight points in the second half as LSU pushed its lead to 45-35 with 18:45 left. Mississippi State battled back and used a 17-9 run to get within a basket, but Dupree took over down the stretch and the Bulldogs could never get even.