BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Mississippi State went from heartbroken to heartbreaker.
The 24th-ranked Bulldogs rebounded from their first lost of the season, relinquishing a 19-point lead before pulling away for a 64-54 win over Southeastern Conference rival Louisiana State at raucous Maravich Assembly Center.
Mississippi State (14-1, 3-1 SEC West) started the week with a last-second loss to fifth-ranked Kentucky but had no trouble putting Monday's home defeat in the rearview mirror, opening this one with a 27-8 run.
Behind a crazy cajun crowd of 10,529, LSU (12-2, 2-1) scored 34 of the next 57 points to grab a 42-40 lead with 8:39 remaining. But the Bulldogs never trailed again, finishing with a 24-12 surge.
Freshman Gary Ervin and backcourt mate Timmy Bowers each scored seven points during the burst. Ervin set up Branden Vincent for a 48-45 lead, then made a 3-pointer, a long leaning jumper and two free throws for a 55-49 advantage with 3:20 to play.
Ervin led a balanced attack with 13 points off the bench, helping Mississippi State to its seventh win in the the last 11 meetings with LSU.
Jaime Lloreda scored 13 points but was plagued by foul trouble as the Tigers had their home winning streak snapped at 13 games.
It was anything but a homecourt advantage in the first half. Mississippi State used a crowd-stifling 21-2 run to build a stunning 27-8 lead 5:06 before the break.
The Bulldogs were just 7-of-19 from the field during the burst, but LSU made just 1-of-13 shots and committed seven turnovers to fall into a seemingly insurmountable hole.
Ervin scored his other six points during the run. He turned a steal into a layup for a 10-6 edge, grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast for a 12-6 advantage and dunked off a fast break for a 25-8 cushion.
LSU scored the final seven points of the first half to get within 27-15. The teams combined to shoot just 29 percent from the field (15-of-52) over the opening 20 minutes.
The Tigers extended their run after intermission, scoring 22 of the next 32 points to tie it at 37-37 with 11:46 remaining.
Xavier Whipple scored all eight of his points during the 22-10 burst, making two 3-pointers and a driving layup. Lloreda provided a spark with four points, two rebounds, an assist and a block.
Lloreda committed seven of the team's 19 turnovers and played tentatively after picking up his fourth foul with 6:07 remaining, keeping him more than five points below his scoring average.
The foul came in the midst of the Bulldogs' 24-12 surge. Winsome Frazier started the run with a pair of free throws. He and Ervin then set up teammates for easy baskets and a 48-45 lead with 6:52 left.
Lloreda and Antonio Hudson made consecutive buckets to help LSU close within 51-49 with 4:23 to go. But Ervin leaned into a long jumper from the top of the key, then made a pair of free throws for a six-point lead with 3:20 left.
The Bulldogs led by at least five the rest of the way and remained perfect on the road this season (6-0).
Hudson scored 11 points and Darrel Mitchell added 10 for the Tigers, who shot 46 percent (22-of-48). They were outscored at the free-throw line, 14-5.