Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) tries to pass around the defense of Mississippi State guard Fred Thomas (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Jordan McRae scored 29 points and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds, Jarnell Stokes added 14 points and Tennessee held on to beat Mississippi State 75-68 on Wednesday night.
Tennessee (17-11, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) won for just the third time on the road this season. The Volunteers never trailed and led by as many as 14 in the first half, but the Bulldogs cut it to 67-63 with 2:14 remaining.
McRae hit two free throws to stop Mississippi State's run and preserve the win. The win keeps the Volunteers tied for fourth place in a crowded SEC race.
Jeronne Maymon added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Volunteers.
Mississippi State (13-15, 3-12) has lost 10 straight games. Roquez Johnson scored 19 to lead the Bulldogs while Fred Thomas scored a season-high 18.
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