NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Vanderbilt University men's basketball team is aching and hurting. The Commodores also are learning how to quit letting games get away from them at the end. John Jenkins scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures in an 84-74 victory against the University of Mississippi on Wednesday night to send the Rebels to their worst start in Southeastern Conference play since 2000.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi has hired Gunter Brewer to be its passing game coordinator and receivers coach.
Nothing was going to prevent Josh Snider from being where he wanted to be Tuesday afternoon. After more than three years of recruiting New Hope High School pitcher Dillon Hawkins, Snider finally realized his goal and watched with excitement as Hawkins signed a scholarship to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- There's a new trend developing between the Starkville and Tupelo high school boys soccer teams: Shutouts. The Yellow Jackets, usually on the losing end to their district rival, earned their second straight 1-0 decision against the Golden Wave on Tuesday and carved a favorable path to a long-awaited district crown.
STARKVILLE -- Freshman forward Charde Hannah recorded a hat trick Tuesday night to lead the Tupelo High School girls soccer team to a 6-0 victory against beat Starkville. Hannah scored twice in the first half and once in the second. She also set up a another in a dominant first half.
Jamie Gunter doesn't want to waste any more time. That thought has stuck in her mind since August. It has pulsed through her veins in every session in the training room. It has helped quiet any doubt or apprehension she felt about attempting to come back from another anterior cruciate ligament tear.
The Mississippi School for Math and Science soccer teams are making Morri Mims and Dr. Bill Odom look like coaching geniuses. Taylor Potter had three goals Tuesday night to lead the MSMS boys to a 9-0 victory against Aberdeen in a Class 1A-2A-3A Division 2, District 4 match at the Joe Cook Soccer Complex in Columbus. Erica McCoy and Carlee Odom scored for the MSMS girls in their 2-0 victory.
The Pickens Academy and Victory Christian Academy boys basketball teams battled Tuesday night with neither team getting a solid advantage until the final minutes. Fortunately, the final score -- Pickens Academy won 58-54 -- didn't mean anything in each team's district standings. The game was played "for fun" -- if you can call a nail-biting, nip-and-tuck contest "fun."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Ben Eblen matched his scoring average with one free throw in the final seconds for his lone point. How the reserve guard on the University of Alabama men's basketball team got to the free-throw line was much more important, though.
STARKVILLE -- Kodi Augustus is averaging nine points a game since Renardo Sidney's full-time return to the Mississippi State lineup. Once a part of head coach Rick Stansbury's necessitative plan to get 45 points from he and fellow senior Ravern Johnson, Augustus hasn't had the pressure to score in the post since the start of Southeastern Conference play.
STARKVILLE -- As valuable as games are to the growth and development of his players, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury is focused on practice. Stansbury has stressed the importance of using practice to improve in his team's "second season" since the return of Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney.
Heritage Academy boys basketball coach Yandell Harris could see his team's advantage before the game started, so he decided to "go big." With a three-post setup on offense, Heritage Academy dominated the boards en route to a 54-46 victory against Oak Hill Academy on Monday night in non-division action.
Press, press, press. The strategy of the Oak Hill Academy girls basketball team Monday night was simple: Use defense to control the tempo against Heritage Academy. That plan proved effective, as Oak Hill Academy's full-court, player-to-player defense led to offense from its defense in a 52-33 victory in non-division action.
Heritage Academy's girls basketball team -- specifically 6-foot-5 junior center Rachel Hollivay -- attracted two college recruiters to Columbus on Monday night for her team's game against Oak Hill Academy.
Regina Barker takes what she has and makes other teams deal with it. Barker, a senior guard for the Aberdeen High School girls basketball team, is a natural athlete on the basketball team, said coach Latorrence Bivens. Her abilities have helped her be a leader and to develop a scoring sense that has helped pace the Lady Bulldogs.
Three games into league play, University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy admits he didn't foresee the Rebels propping up the Southeastern Conference's West division. Such is the case, however, following the Rebels' 98-76 home loss to the University of Georgia on Saturday. The blowout defeat was the team's third straight loss following a 10-game stretch in which it won nine times.
STARKVILLE -- We're talking about practice. Not the game, practice. At least that's what Rick Stansbury is thinking about as his team has five days off before facing No. 24 Georgia on the road Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team finally had a chance to exhale. The Bulldogs hadn't found too many positives written about them in the past month in the wake of off-the-court issues, player transfers, and a slew of blowout losses. On Sunday, the Bulldogs were laughing, smiling, and throwing alley-oops to one another in an 85-66 wipeout of Auburn.
LEXINGTON, Ken. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team failed to keep the offensive pace early Sunday, falling to No. 19 Kentucky 72-60 in Southeastern Conference game at Memorial Coliseum. MSU, which has lost five games in a row, slipped to 8-8 and 0-4 in the SEC. Kentucky, coached by MSU alumnus Matthew Mitchell, improved to 13-4 and 2-2.
STARKVILLE -- Texas Rangers first baseman and former Mississippi State standout Mitch Moreland will be the featured speaker at MSU's 14th annual "First Pitch/Meet the Team" baseball celebration Saturday, Feb. 12, on the MSU campus.
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