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Second-half surge lifts No. 18 MSU past Auburn

Posted 1/27/2015 in College Sports

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.



MSU will try to correct defensive lapses

Posted 1/27/2015 in College Sports

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.



Heritage Academy seniors lead way against Starkville Academy

Posted 1/27/2015 in High School Sports

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.



Woodard II's early work has paved way or success

Posted 1/27/2015 in High School Sports

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.



MSU football team lands 28th commitment

Posted 1/27/2015 in College Sports

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.



Humphreys hopes to add pop to MSU's lineup

Posted 1/26/2015 in College Sports

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."



MSU women will try to apply lessons learned

Posted 1/26/2015 in College Sports

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.


Ole Miss-MSU rivalry will be thrilling for years to come

Posted 1/24/2015 in Local Columns

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.


MSU's Stricklin says cost of attendance right way to go

Posted 1/24/2015 in College Sports

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.



Georgia's Frazier knocks out MSU

Posted 1/24/2015 in College Sports

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.



Columbus Christian boys beat rival Hebron Christian

Posted 1/24/2015 in High School Sports

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.



Columbus boys earn key region win vs. Northwest Rankin

Posted 1/24/2015 in High School Sports

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.



New Hope boys, West Point girls earn wins

Posted 1/24/2015 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The New Hope High School boys basketball team started with the simplest of game plans Friday night. "My game is attacking and getting the ball to the rim," New Hope sophomore guard Terryonte Thomas said. "Our game plan was to get the ball to the goal and draw some fouls. We were really aggressive early, and that helped us get the win."



EMCC's Baker picks UT-Martin

Posted 1/24/2015 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College sophomore running back Preston Baker nailed down his next destination Saturday, verbally committing to play football at the University of Tennessee at Martin.



MSU women renew rivalry against Ole Miss

Posted 1/22/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- "Playing with a purpose" is a perfect phrase for Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer to use to describe his team's next game. Not only does that phrase highlight how No. 18 MSU will have to play at 8 tonight (SEC Network) against Ole Miss, but it also epitomizes how the Rebels are playing in their second year under coach Matt Insell.



Practice pays off for Starkville Academy soccer team

Posted 1/22/2015 in High School Sports

You undoubtedly have heard before that location often is the most important aspect in the survival of a business. The same adage holds true in sports. After all, that's why the saying, "right place at the right time" has become cliche. That saying probably is most appropriate for soccer, where a well-timed run can give a player a chance to pounce on a rebound, or a service hit with the right touch can set up a team to cash in. When those elements happen on the same play, beautiful things are the result.



MSU baseball team will start practice Saturday

Posted 1/22/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A new college baseball season is almost here. With opening day for a Mississippi State baseball season looming Feb. 13 against Cincinnati at Dudy Noble Field, the Bulldogs will continue preparations Saturday when it officially opens practice for the 2015 campaign. It's a day that can't get here fast enough for some MSU players.



MSU beats Auburn to snap road losing streak

Posted 1/22/2015 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Gavin Ware scored 16 points and added a season-high 17 rebounds Wednesday night to help the Mississippi State men's basketball team end a 22-game road losing streak with a 78-71 win against Auburn at Auburn Arena. I.J. Ready scored 18 points and had eight rebounds to help the Bulldogs (9-9, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) earn their second-consecutive conference win.



Faleru energizes Ole Miss women

Posted 1/22/2015 in College Sports

Pure energy. No, this isn't a trivia test to see who can remember what famous science fiction actor's voice was used in one of the catchiest pop music songs in 1988. Instead, it's an introduction to one of the nation's most athletic and underappreciated players who just so happens to play in the Southeastern Conference.



Ole Miss can't build on momentum in loss to Georgia

Posted 1/21/2015 in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia men's basketball team was primed for a letdown. The Bulldogs were tired. They weren't playing another big rival. There were plenty of empty seats at Stegeman Coliseum. Yet, after a sluggish start, Georgia found a way to pull out its third-straight Southeastern Conference win.



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