The pieces are in place. Rick Stansbury has repeated the thought that the 2011-12 Mississippi State University men's basketball team has greater versatility and depth than last season's team. On Saturday, MSU showcased another ingredient it will need to realize its potential: Resolve.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For a player not many Division I schools wanted after high school and a successful stint at junior college, Vick Ballard wrote an award-winning final chapter to his story Friday night. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College transfer used his final college game -- a 23-17 victory against Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl -- to show the country what many of the premier programs missed out on for ignoring his talents for so long
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Believe it or not, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said he was blocked up front before he blocked a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter Friday night in the Music City Bowl. The reason this fact is up for debate is the speed at which the 295-pound defensive got to the Wake Forest holder and nearly tackled kicker Jimmy Newm
RENO, Nev. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team erased a 16-point second-half deficit Friday night and rallied for a 67-63 victory against Nevada in the consolation game of the Peppermill Classic at the Lawlor Events Center. MSU bounced back from a 78-71 loss to Oklahoma State in the tournament's opening round on Thursday night. With the victory, MSU completes the non-conference portion of its 2011-12 schedule with a 10-3 overall record.
STARKVILLE -- When Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter started drawing up the first Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump tournament, Friday's game was what he wanted. Rarely challenged in the first two months of the season, the top-ranked Yellow Jackets brought in three highly touted out-of-state opponents. Carter wanted to see how his players responded in pressure-packed situations against top-notched competition.
STARKVILLE -- The New Hope High School boys basketball team had few answers offensively Friday afternoon in a 50-41 loss to Jackson Olin (Ala.) in a final-round game at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump tournament. New Hope (7-5) started slowly and never got its transition game going. The Trojans had only four field goals in the first quarter and trailed throughout the contest.
Mississippi State University has appeared in baseball's College World Series on eight times. Looking back at the 2011 season, some might find it hard to believe how close the Bulldogs were to a ninth trek to the hallowed grounds of Omaha, Neb.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Piling a bunch of people in a car and going to a famous destination is how a lot of great tales begin. For Mississippi State University students and recent graduates, bowl games represent the perfect excuse for that classic college road trip story.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School has outscored its opponents 133-72 thus far in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump high school basketball tournament. Thursday night, the Yellow Jackets continued their tear, defeating Carroll High School (La.) 59-45. The night before Starkville routed Strong (Ark.), 74-27.
STARKVILLE - New Hope High senior basketball player Lawrence Brown had a lot of fun Thursday afternoon. Brown scored 29 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Trojans hustled past East Oktibbeha 73-64 in a second-round game at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump holiday basketball tournament being played at the Humphrey Coliseum on the Mississippi State University campus.
RENO, Nev. - Mississippi State's late rally came up short Thursday night as the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 78-71 decision to undefeated Oklahoma State in the second contest at the University of Nevada-hosted Peppermill Classic.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cameron Lawrence can only remember one season he and his older brother Addison haven't been competing on the same football field. After tonight's 2011 Music City Bowl, the Lawrence duo will be split up again for likely the final time of their football careers.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen has stressed the goal of the next season since this New Year's Day victory in Jacksonville. Get to back-to-back bowl games.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Fans of every Southeastern Conference school got a look at the football schedule for upcoming 2012 campaign Wednesday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- In the inaugural Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump holiday basketball tournament there are no plans for a slam dunk contest. Don't tell that to the Starkville Yellow Jackets. They broke out their own dunk competition during Wednesday night's 74-27 romp over Strong, Ark., in an opening-round tournament game played at Humphrey Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi State University.
STARKVILLE -- Aberdeen enjoyed a brilliant first half of basketball Wednesday in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump high school basketball tournament. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Mathew Butler then found the range from downtown. Butler hit four 3-point baskets in the second quarter as East High (Memphis, Tenn.) erased a 12-point first-half deficit to take an 80-73 win over Aberdeen at Humphrey Coliseum.
STEENS -- Immanuel Christian defeated Hatley High School Wednesday afternoon 46-33 in the Immanuel Christmas Classic. The Lady Rams also came away with a victory beating Winona Christian 23-16.
DALLAS -- With one big play, Pierre Jackson made up for a series of mistakes to keep No. 6 Baylor undefeated. Jackson drove for a layup with 28 seconds left to give the Bears a 54-52 victory over No. 15 Mississippi State, which had won 11 straight.
STARKVILLE -- Tick, tick, tick. The Mississippi State women's basketball team has seven days before it plays host to LSU in its Southeastern Conference opener.
1. Columbus Christian ready to start softball program HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Logan enjoys fruitful career with MSU athletics COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Heritage Academy opens soccer season today HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS