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'Cats turn up defense in win over MSU

Posted 2/16/2011 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Calipari had seen enough. The University of Kentucky men's basketball coach watched the Wildcats jog through 25 mostly uninspired minutes against Mississippi State on Tuesday night when he ordered his team to go to a full-court press.



Titans rally to reach 1A second round

Posted 2/16/2011 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- A team with twice as many losses as wins is bound to have shaky moments. For much of the season, the East Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team had too many to win consistently.



Aberdeen Bulldogs extend streak to 23

Posted 2/16/2011 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Absent its usually potent outside game, the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team looked inside for its scoring punch Tuesday night.



MSU will try to rebound tonight at Kentucky

Posted 2/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The only solace Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury can take in trying to rebound from a loss at the University of Kentucky is the Wildcats' current run of form. Losers of three of their last four games, Kentucky (17-7, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) will play host to MSU (13-11, 5-5) at 6 tonight (ESPN) in a rematch of last year's SEC tournament title game.



Gentry girls end West Point's season

Posted 2/15/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The West Point High School girls basketball team's season ended Monday with a 67-48 loss to Indianola Gentry in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State tournament.



Ole Miss men will try to finish strong

Posted 2/15/2011 in College Sports

Andy Kennedy and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team are in a familiar position. At this point in each of Kennedy's five years in Oxford, the Rebels have been in the middle of the Southeastern Conference's Western Division.



Heritage Academy girls lose to Pillow Academy

Posted 2/15/2011 in High School Sports

GREENWOOD -- Christibeth Nelson had 13 points Monday night, but the Heritage Academy girls basketball team lost to Pillow Academy 50-35 in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II tournament.



South Carolina women rally past MSU

Posted 2/14/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The focus and toughness to win in the Southeastern Conference was on display Sunday at Humphrey Coliseum. Unfortunately, the Mississippi State women's basketball team had to watch as South Carolina played with the poise and tenacity it takes to contend in one of the nation's toughest conferences.



Nearly $30K raised for former Bulldog Duffy

Posted 2/14/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Approximately $30,000 dollars was raised Saturday in support of former Mississippi State baseball player Ryan Duffy. The "Do It For Duffy" committee raised close to $15,000 in a 5-Kilometer run Saturday morning and another $15,000 from a silent/live auction at MSU's First Pitch/Meet the Team event.



No. 24 Georgia rallies past Ole Miss

Posted 2/14/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- After leading the majority of the game, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team saw the No. 24 University of Georgia take the lead with 9 minutes, 55 seconds remaining en route to a 61-56 victory in a Southeastern Conference game at Tad Smith Coliseum.



Alabama opens renovated Foster Auditorium with victory

Posted 2/14/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Senior forward Tierney Jenkins scored a game-high 18 points Sunday afternoon to lead the University of Alabama women's basketball team to a 64-59 win against the University of Florida in its first game at newly renovated Foster Auditorium. Junior guard Ericka Russell and freshman forward Kaneisha Horn each scored 12 points as the Crimson Tide notched their first victory in the historic building since last playing here Dec. 3, 1981.



Auburn men rally past MSU

Posted 2/12/2011 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- A Kodi Augustus dunk gave Mississippi State its biggest lead of the day in the second half against Auburn on Saturday night. But an Augustus technical later in the half seemed to breathe life into a Tigers squad that looked to be limping its way to yet another Southeastern Conference loss.



Mitchell leads Alabama men past Ole Miss

Posted 2/12/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team responded following a short turnaround from a difficult road loss by racing to a big lead, drilling 3-pointers and scoring on quick drives to the basket. Tony Mitchell scored 20 points and the Crimson Tide sprinted to a 20-point halftime lead before holding off the University of Mississippi's comeback attempt in a 74-64 victory Saturday.



MSU will try to avoid lapses

Posted 2/12/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The building blocks are coming more regularly and for longer stretches of time for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. The nagging problem, though, remains how to shake the scoring lulls from the team's system.



Cohen wants maturity on mound

Posted 2/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Last season, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen reluctantly relied on freshman pitchers. He had no choice in his second year of overhauling the MSU roster, and he hopes a season of being "punched in the face" helps his pitching staff take a major step forward this year.



Tupelo boys beat Starkville for third time

Posted 2/12/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Without injured starters Gavin Ware and Jacolby Mobley, Starkville High School basketball fans might have been unsure of what to expect in Friday's district championship against rival Tupelo. The Golden Wave already owned two wins -- by a combined three points -- against the Yellow Jackets in regular season play.



Ewings, Walker help West Point girls win title

Posted 2/12/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- A nine-point halftime deficit is an anthill to the Oxford High School girls basketball team. After losing twice to Oxford in the regular season, Kelsei Ewings knew the Chargers were going to ratchet up their full-court pressure defense a few notches, so she challenged teammate NeKeisha Walker.



Oxford boys outlast West Point

Posted 2/12/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- If you're going to play fast, it's crucial to play smart. Each mistake -- forced or unforced -- gets magnified when you're up against an equally talented opponent that can match your athleticism.



Layups help West Lowndes rally past East Webster

Posted 2/12/2011 in High School Sports

Don't underestimate the power of a layup. There probably is some statistical analysis that will prove a team can score more points if it shoots more 3-pointers at a certain percentage than two-point field goals in a game.



Govero gives MSU women lift in win vs. Ole Miss

Posted 2/11/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- There's vertical and then there's the veer. Mary Kathryn Govero doesn't mind which one she uses because both are just as deadly.



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