STARKVILLE -- Protecting home court is crucial down the stretch of a season. The Mississippi State men's basketball team's inability to do that Wednesday night left it with a tough road ahead of the league tournament. The Bulldogs built a 24-11 lead in the first half but fell victim to a relentless opponent, which thrived off second-chance points and 18 turnovers to post an 84-82 win at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- The 2010-11 season has been a learning experience for Diamber Johnson. A year ago, she started five games and played a key role off the bench in a historic season that saw the Mississippi State women's basketball team advance to the first Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in program history.
WASHINGTON -- There's a week left until the NFL's collective bargaining agreement with the players' union expires. And today could be a key day. It also is an important day for players who hope to realize their dreams of playing in the NFL. Former Mississippi State standouts Derek Sherrod, Pernell McPhee, Chris White, and K.J. Wright are among more than 300 college players who have been invited to attend the annual NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
HANCEVILLE -- Deion Curry had a team-high 17 points Wednesday to lead the Pickens County High School boys basketball team to a 79-57 victory against Tharptown in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A Northwest Regional at Wallace State Community College.
STARKVILLE -- Ravern Johnson's career at Mississippi State has been filled with ups and downs. For all of Johnson's natural talent and scoring ability, the senior wing has had a tendency to dissent. Johnson has been disciplined twice this season for violating the team's class attendance policy and has served two suspensions for detrimental conduct in the past two seasons.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team received another quality effort by a starting pitcher Tuesday in a 6-4 victory against Northwestern State (La.). Sophomore Kendall Graveman allowed two earned runs and four hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked none.
WEST POINT -- The Heritage Academy baseball team would love to see Hunter Ward battle like he did in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday afternoon. If Ward can do that, the Patriots just might have found another arm to add to what could be a deep pitching staff filled with potential.
MABEN -- East Webster High School student-athlete Ledrick Patterson had a tough decision to make on National Signing Day. Patterson was torn between signing a scholarship to play basketball at Itawamba Community College and signing to play football at Holmes C.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Darrin Horn has had to play many roles during South Carolina's month of struggles. On Tuesday night, he got to play the one he enjoys most -- winning coach. Sam Muldrow had 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1 minute, 2 seconds left, as the Gamecocks ended a five-game losing streak with a 79-73 victory against the University of Mississippi.
REFORM, Ala. -- The reminders are everywhere. The 2010 state championship banner greets everyone as they enter Tornado Alley at Pickens County High School. If you find your way back to coach Russ Wallace's office, you're bound to spot the screen saver that features members of the 2009-10 boys basketball team celebrating its Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state title.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Scorers usually fit into one mold. While others will be asked to rebound and to focus on defense, scorers typically concentrate on filling it up and finding ways to get open and break defenses down. But Jacob Acker is different.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury doesn't care if people criticize his handling of Renardo Sidney. The Mississippi State men's basketball coach has endured a turbulent season that has featured two mid-season transfers by players, two players being suspended by the NCAA, and discipline-related suspensions.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team led the Southeastern Conference in errors last season. The Bulldogs (4-0) ended the first weekend of this season without a single error.
STARKVILLE -- The players on the Mississippi State men's basketball team would like an easier path to the NCAA tournament, but they're used to taking a bumpy road. In each of the past three seasons, the Bulldogs have had 10 losses or more -- often a stumbling block to earn a spot in the NCAA field -- before the start of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Inconsistency has plagued the University of Mississippi's men's basketball team for much of the Southeastern Conference season. Coach Andy Kennedy feels his team has played and prepared with enough focus, but it hasn't translated into results.
STARKVILLE -- Kiandria Patterson heard the doubters. Critics of the Columbus High School girls' basketball team said a team with eight sophomores and one senior couldn't live up to the lofty goal of winning a district championship. After all, the Lady Falcons had never won a district title and have struggled annually to overtake Tupelo and Starkville in Class 6A, Region 2.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team scored 13 runs in the first inning Sunday en route to a 17-2 victory against Lamar at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs (4-0) won all games in their season-opening series played before a total weekend crowd of 10,264.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida women's basketball team used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away for a 78-63 victory against Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference game Sunday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. MSU (10-16, 2-12 SEC) led 40-37 with 15 minutes, 52 seconds left in regulation, but Florida (15-13, 5-9) followed with its run to take control and earn a series sweep.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen couldn't have imagined a better start to the season by his pitching staff. After posting consecutive shutouts in its first two games of the season, the Mississippi State baseball team capped Saturday's doubleheader with a 10-1 win against the University of Akron. Sophomores Chad Girodo and Luis Pollorena (win) combined to pitch seven-plus innings, surrendering one earned run on four hits.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's men's basketball team snapped a two-game losing skid and picked up the season sweep against the University of Mississippi with a 71-58 win Saturday. MSU sophomore forward Renardo Sidney finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double in the past five games. He scored 24 against Ole Miss on Jan. 13.
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