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Sword scores 23, Ware 22 as Mississippi St. tops Texas A&M 81-72 in overtime

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    Mississippi State guard Craig Sword (32) shoots past the defense of Texas A&M forward Tavario Miller (4) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (The Associated Press)

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    Mississippi State forward Colin Borchert (3) shoots over the defense of Texas A&M forward Davonte Fitzgerald (15) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (The Associated Press)

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    Mississippi State forward Gavin Ware (20) shoots over Texas A&M guard Alex Caruso (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (The Associated Press)

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    Texas A&M guard Jamal Jones (23) loses a rebound to Mississippi State forward Gavin Ware, rear, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (The Associated Press)

Craig Sword scored 23 points, Gavin Ware added 22 and Mississippi State beat Texas A&M 81-72 in overtime on Saturday.

Mississippi State (12-5, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 52-42 deficit midway through the second half. Ware's crucial steal and putback tied the game at 67 with 30 seconds left.

Texas A&M's Jamal Jones led the Aggies with 24 points, but he was ejected from the game with 1:07 remaining in overtime after receiving two quick technical fouls. Davonte Fitzgerald added 20.

The Bulldogs shot 52.7 percent (29 of 55) from the field. Ware added a team-high 10 rebounds.

Fitzgerald missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it in regulation. Texas A&M (12-5, 3-1) lost for the first time in conference play.