CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Mississippi State got a little bit of revenge and kept the nation's longest road win streak in tact.
Winsome Frazier and Lawrence Roberts each scored 20 points and No. 24 Mississippi State won its Division-I best 14th straight road game with an 80-74 victory over Xavier.
The Bulldogs (9-2) avenged last season's 89-74 loss to a surging Musketeers squad in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Xavier eventually advanced to the Atlanta regional final before bowing out, 66-63, to top-seeded Duke. But this year's Musketeers squad hardly resembles last season's Cinderella team.
Gone are guards Lionel Chalmers and Romain Sato, both of whom were selected in the NBA draft, and coach Thad Motta is at Ohio State. This year's team features a starting lineup with a pair of juniors and sophomores and a first-time head coach in Sean Miller.
Mississippi State led 40-32 at the half and pushed the lead to 16 in the second half before Xavier went on a late 9-2 run. The Musketeers were within 73-69 with 68 seconds to play but the Bulldogs hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch.
"I'm really proud of our team's effort. I thought we really rallied in the last 10 minutes of the second half," Miller said. "I'm hoping that one of the final hurdles of our team's development happened tonight. We have to be a team that can create havoc on defense. We have to compete, and compete on every possession."
The Musketeers had 15 offensive rebounds to just three for the Bulldogs and Xavier had a 22-3 edge in second chance points.
Josh Duncan scored 13 points for Xavier (2-4), which has lost its last three games by a combined nine points.