OXFORD -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team did everything necessary to earn a road win at Ole Miss on Wednesday night. Well, almost everything. The Bulldogs opened each half with strong runs, had a double-digit lead in the second half, and shot 56 percent from the field, but even one of MSU's best statistical efforts of the season wasn't enough in a 79-73 loss.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows how to accentuate a point. Sitting in a chair behind a table on a podium in the media room at Humphrey Coliseum, the Mississippi State women's basketball coach will listen to a question and take a moment to consider it. Once Schaefer begins his answer, he will turn and look at the person who is the subject of the query and try to make eye contact to emphasize what he is saying. Schaefer had more than one of those instances Wednesday afternoon as he discussed his team's preparations for its game at 7 tonight against Vanderbilt (12-8, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) at the Hump. He also made sure senior center Martha Alwal understood what he was saying and how important it will be for her to back up his words.
STARKVILLE -- For a time of year that normally is hectic and riddled with rumors, the Mississippi State football team might be poised for something new on the recruiting trail this season: a quiet finish. With one week remaining before student-athletes can sign National Letters of Intents to play at the next level, MSU has 28 commitments in its Class of 2015.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dorian Finney-Smith slammed home a dunk with 17 seconds remaining as the Florida men's basketball team held off a second-half comeback by Alabama to earn a 52-50 victory on Tuesday night. Eli Carter scored 13 points and Chris Walker finished with 12 for Florida (11-9, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), which snapped a three-game SEC losing streak.
The Ole Miss men's basketball team is out to prove it is among the elite basketball teams in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State wants to show its recent surge is no fluke. A victory tonight in Oxford would help either team advance its cause.
SALTILLO -- New Hope High School senior defender Kayla Smith spent a large majority of Tuesday night's playoff match against Saltillo encouraging her teammates to calm down. However, when Saltillo's Ashley Harman hit the crossbar on the final shot attempt of a shootout, calmness was no longer necessary.
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CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School sophomore defender Sam Young found himself in a big spot Monday night. On a senior-laden team, Young and his backline mates were charged with slowing a fast Senatobia attack in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs. Much like the teammates who have gone before him, Young was up to the challenge as Caledonia defeated Senatobia 4-1 to advance to the second round for a second-straight season.
AUBURN, Ala. -- A dominating second-half performance lifted the No. 18 Mississippi State women's basketball team to its third Southeastern Conference road win of the season Monday night. Highlighted by the fourth career double-double by Victoria Vivians, MSU led by as many as 21 points in the second half en route to a 59-48 victory against Auburn at Auburn Arena.
STARKVILLE -- As it turns out, the film told Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray what he already knew: J.J. Frazier didn't miss. Frazier, Georgia's sophomore point guard, was 7-for-7 from 3-point range Saturday in a 72-66 win against MSU at Humphrey Coliseum. It was a performance that sent Ray searching for what went wrong.
There's something different about a good old-fashioned rivalry. That's why the Heritage Academy boys basketball team's 78-49 victory against division rival Starkville Academy on Monday was special for the seniors.
Robert Woodard II didn't have visions of grandeur for his first season with the Columbus High School boys basketball team. Instead, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard/forward wanted to fit in and do whatever he could to help the Falcons soar.
STARKVILLE -- With eight days remaining for student-athletes until National Signing Day, the Mississippi State football team continues to fine tune its latest recruiting class.
STARKVILLE -- Asked late Sunday afternoon if Mississippi State's baseball team will have more pop in its lineup this season, sophomore Reid Humphreys didn't hesitate. "I definitely think we do," Humphreys said. "I think with the new guys we have and the guys we have returning, we have a lot of players on this team who can change a game with one swing of the bat."
It's difficult not to see the growth in the Mississippi State women's basketball team. A year ago, MSU lost twice to Auburn in the regular season before it defeated Auburn 59-54 in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. This season, MSU overcame injuries to seniors Martha Alwal, Savannah Carter, and Kendra Grant at the beginning of the season to win its first 18 games, including its first three in the Southeastern Conference for the first time.
Rivalries are filled with perfunctory hand shakes and obligatory remarks that praise the opponent at the beginning of post-game news conferences. The hand shakes between coaches usually are the shortest and the comments typically have the most bubbling in between the lines when coaches are trying to establish dominance early in their tenures.
STARKVILLE -- The historic step the NCAA took last week isn't going to alter the course of the Mississippi State athletic department. That's the sentiment MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin shared earlier this week when he was asked about the 79-1 vote last week that paved the way to grant cost-of-attendance stipends to student-athletes in the Power Five conferences and any other Division I schools that choose to do so.
STARKVILLE -- J.J. Frazier called it the game of his life. I.J. Ready couldn't hide his disappointment. That was the aftermath of one of the greatest shooting performances in the history of Humphrey Coliseum, a showing that propelled the Georgia men's basketball team to a 72-66 victory against Mississippi State.
PHEBA -- Alec Vasquez took care of the first half. R.J. DeLoach handled the second. And just like that, the Columbus Christian Academy boys basketball team displayed Friday why it will enter the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A, District 3 tournament as the No. 1 seed with a 54-46 victory at Hebron Christian School.
The Columbus High School boys basketball team wasn't expected to struggle Friday night against Northwest Rankin. After all, Northwest Rankin entered the game winless in the region and with just three wins. Still, leading by 12 points in the fourth after leading by more than 20, Columbus coach Sammy Smith shook his head and gave his players the stink eye. Arguably his most talented and athletic -- and biggest -- team in recent memory, Smith is keen to see his team make a run to the state tournament.
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