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Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2003 12:33 AM EST
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(22) Mississippi St 58, Mississippi 57
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OXFORD, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Derrick Zimmerman dribbled the length of the floor and hit a layup with 1.5 seconds left to lift No. 22 Mississippi State to a 58-57 Southeastern Conference victory over Mississippi.

Six seconds earlier, Emmanuel Wade had given Mississippi its first lead of the second half by converting a three-point play with seven seconds left.

Mississippi State (13-4, 3-3 SEC West) set up its play by inbounding to Zimmerman, who beat David Sanders to the basket for a layup and the lead.

Aaron Harper missed a desperation shot from halfcourt as time expired for the Rebels.

The Bulldogs nearly paid the price for not being able to put away their arch-rivals, but won here for just the second time in their last eight visits.

Mississippi (12-5, 3-3) drew even at 54-54 on a 3-pointer by Sanders with 1:23 left. Timmy Bowers ended a five-minute drought for Mississippi State at the other end with a jump shot with 40 seconds left and set the stage for the wild finish.

Sanders had 14 points for the Rebels, who suffered just their second loss in 12 home games this season. Justin Reed led Mississippi with 17 and four blocks.

Reed shot 7-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. He also came up with three steals.

Mario Austin scored 16 points to lead Mississippi State, leaving him one point short of 1,000 for his career. Bowers added 15, while Zimmerman collected 12 points and six assists.

Bowers hit two of the Bulldogs' three shots from beyond the arc and also had five rebounds. Mississippi State outrebounded Mississippi 29-19 as both teams had excellent shooting nights. The Bulldogs shot 53 percent (24-of-45), while the Rebels hit 50 percent (23-of-46) of their shots.

The Bulldogs led by as many as six points in a closely contested first half. Mississippi State shot 61 percent (14-of-23) in the first half to take a 33-30 lead at intermission after Bowers made a free throw and Austin scored inside with under a minute left.

Austin's three-point play with just under four minutes left gave Mississippi State its largest lead at 43-34. Sanders responded with a 3-pointer, threw home a dunk and Reed added a basket to pull Ole Miss within two points.

Zimmerman's two free throws gave the Bulldogs a 54-48 lead with just under four minutes remaining. Reed answered with a 3-pointer out of a timeout and Mississippi State had a pair of empty possessions before Sanders' 3-pointer tied the game.

The Bulldogs have won three straight games since getting off to an 0-3 start in SEC play for the first time since 1987.

Mississippi State earned its first win in three SEC road games this season. Five of the Bulldogs' six conference losses last season came on the road.

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