BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Brandon Bass got the better of Lawrence Roberts in a marquee battle of power forwards.
Bass scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds and Darrel Mitchell added 20 points to lead Louisiana State to a 69-62 victory over Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference game.
The reigning SEC Freshman of the Year, Bass scored nine points above his season average while Roberts, the reigning SEC Player of the Year, made just 3-of-11 shots from the field and finished with 15 points. Roberts was 9-of-11 from the free-throw line and added 12 rebounds.
"Brandon took it to him (Roberts) and showed he is one of the best big men in the league," Mitchell said.
Bass was helped by 6-9, 310-pound Glen Davis, who often collapsed on Roberts inside.
"They doubled me a lot," Roberts said. "I really didn't have much room."
"We made banging on Roberts the key to the game," said Bass, who also had five blocked shots. "And I had a good day shooting the ball."
The win improved LSU (11-6, 4-2 SEC West) to 10-1 at the Maravich Assembly Center this season.
Mississippi State (16-5, 4-3 West) slipped to 2-3 without guard Winsome Frazier, who broke his left foot in a January 8 game against Mississippi. Included in that stretch was a 98-49 loss at Alabama on January 18.
The absence of Frazier especially hurt the Bulldogs' perimeter shooting. They made just 2-of-10 shots from 3-point range.
"You've got to make some from the perimeter if you want to win on the road in this league," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said.
A 10-0 run early in the second half helped LSU build a 43-34 advantage. Mitchell highlighted the spurt with a 3-pointer and a layup.
Back-to-back baskets inside by Bass gave the Tigers their biggest lead at 56-44 with 9:47 remaining.
Mississippi State scored the next nine points, with Shane Power capping the spurt with a 3-pointer and pulling the Bulldogs within 56-53.
Bass scored on a drive and a bank shot in the lane to get the lead back to seven for LSU with 5:16 left. But Mississippi State responded with six straight points - two baskets by Walter Sharpe and a dunk by Roberts - to pull within 60-59 with 2:45 left.
After Bass and Mississippi State's Gary Ervin exchanged baskets, Mitchell connected on a 3-pointer from the left corner to give LSU a 65-61 advantage with 1:29 left.
Bass and Mitchell each hit two free throws in the final 14 seconds to seal the win.