STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Mario Austin converted a three-point play with 52 seconds left in overtime to help 20th-ranked Mississippi State escape the upset bid of Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi with a 68-64 victory.
Austin's layup and free throw gave the Bulldogs a 64-62 lead and sparked a late 7-0 run. Ontario Harper added a layup and a dunk to give Mississippi State (16-5, 6-4 SEC West) a six-point lead, offsetting a layup at the buzzer by the Rebels' David Sanders.
"You have to survive games like this when you're trying to compete for a championship," said Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury, whose team moved into a tie with Auburn atop the SEC West. "Our kids survived one without playing our best."
Justin Reed, who led the Rebels with 18 points, sent the game to overtime with four points in the final 64 seconds of regulation.
Austin led the Bulldogs with 19 points but was unable to connect on a short shot at the second-half buzzer.
"I thought our kids did a good job," Mississippi coach Rod Barnes said. "He's a guy that's going to get 16 or 17 points. We can't let him get 25 or 30. I thought our kids did what I asked them to do and gave us a chance to win."
Mississippi State, which took the teams' first meeting this season 58-57 on a last-second layup by Derrick Zimmerman, has won six of seven following a three-game losing streak.
"With a game like this, we can't really expect a blowout," Zimmerman said. "There was a lot riding on the line tonight, like bragging rights. Nobody wanted to give in."
Mississippi (12-10, 3-8) stayed close in overtime and took a 62-61 lead on a 19-foot jumper by Reed with 1:06 left. The shot came after a lengthy video review to determine the correct time on the shot clock.
Mississippi State took a 25-23 lead just under a minute into the second half on a layup by Michal Ignerski.
"We knew before the game that it was going to be a war out there," Ignerski said. "The score was so low that it showed how hard we were fighting."
The Bulldogs stayed in front for 10 minutes until Aaron Harper brought Ole Miss even at 37-37 on a 3-pointer by Aaron Harper.
"Ole Miss came in and played really loose," Stansbury said. "And when you play really loose, you shoot the basketball. They hung around long enough because of our inability earlier to put them away when we had some easy baskets. The more you stay around, the more confidence you gain and the more pressure that goes on the home team."
Harper hit another 3-pointer 39 seconds later to give the Rebels the lead, but Winsome Frazier made a pair of free throws and Austin converted a layup to put the Bulldogs back on top.
Sanders scored five of the next six points to give Mississippi a 45-42 lead with 7:23 left, but Ignerski hit a jumper and Timmy Bowers a 3-pointer to put Mississippi State up, 47-45, with 6:26 left.
The Rebels did not trail for the rest of regulation.
Ole Miss has lost five straight here under Barnes and has not beaten Mississippi State on the road since 1998.