STARKVILLE — Kore White scored 18 points to lead Florida Atlantic to a 61-59 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night.
The Owls (4-4) hit 23 of 54 shots from the floor and earned seven points off Bulldogs turnovers.
Mississippi State (4-1) hit a season-low three 3-pointers and missed several crucial free throws late in the game to finish 12 of 18 from the line.
The Bulldogs opened the game on a 13-3 run and led 35-29 at the half. Florida Atlantic used a 10-0 run to take a 48-45 lead.
Mississippi State, playing without projected starters Dee Bost and Renardo Sydney due to NCAA suspensions, had several chances to tie or take the lead late, but missed four free throws in the final minute and failed to convert a last-second tip-in opportunity.
Brett Royster and Greg Gantt added 12 points each for the Owls.
Ravern Johnson scored 18 points to pace the Bulldogs.
The Associated Press