ATHENS, Ga. -- Even when the shots weren't falling, the University Alabama men's basketball team knew it could count on the defense. Then, finally, the Crimson Tide knocked down a couple of key baskets -- from beyond the 3-point arc, no less. Game over.
Curtaves Latham is the epitome of a tweener. At a solid 6-foot-1, the New Hope High School junior can go inside and bang with bigger bodies. But, like many post players, Latham likes to stray out to the 3-point line and launch a shot or two.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen has added another familiar face to his coaching staff. Multiple sources in the MSU football program confirmed Tuesday afternoon to The Dispatch that Billy Gonzales, a former offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois, had been hired at MSU as wide receivers coach. Gonzales, who will enter his 18th year as a Division I assistant coach, was in Starkville on Tuesday, and is expected to be introduced by the MSU administration this week, and possibly as early as today.
JACKSON -- Starkville Academy Athletic Director Glenn Schmidt said it best when she met her school's boys basketball coach in the hallway at Hillcrest Christian School. After a 56-41 victory in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II tournament Tuesday night, Schmidt wanted Mark Alexander to appreciate the moment.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray knows the beginning and the end of the game plan for the University of Missouri. Point guard Phil Pressey, a preseason All-American and likely first-round pick in the NBA draft, is the focal point for the Tigers on offense. The junior from Dallas will showcase his ability to control everything without having to score at 7 tonight (WCBI) when Missouri takes on MSU at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore left-hander Jacob Lindgren will start for the Mississippi State University baseball team at 4 p.m. Friday against the University of Portland in its season opener at Dudy Noble Field.
JACKSON -- Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt said it's a "pleasure" to coach a veteran team focused on defending three championships. Starkville Academy took the first step in that journey Tuesday night with a 74-18 victory against Lee Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, Class tournament at Hillcrest Christian School.
BATESVILLE -- The Columbus High School boys basketball team got exactly the type of game it wanted. In an opening-round matchup at the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament, the Falcons were engrossed in a physical, defensive struggle. So many times this season, Sammy Smith's squad excelled when defense was key and every stop proved critical. On Tuesday, though, Columbus saw its season end with a 46-40 loss to Grenada at the South Panola High.
BATESVILLE -- Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston knew the pressure of the moment was getting to her squad. Hairston never panicked, though, because she believed her troops would persevere and come through in the end. After first-half struggles, Columbus pulled away to a 60-41 victory against Grenada in an opening-round game of the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at South Panola High.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball Rick Ray made it clear Monday he wasn't happy with his newest suspended player. Two days after announcing the indefinite suspension of guard Jalen Steele, Ray called the act of the junior starter "selfish" and a "distraction" to a program that has lost eight straight Southeastern Conference games for the first time since 2006.
"Painful." That's the easiest and fastest way for D.J. Sanders and Moesha Calmes to describe their collision Jan. 18 in a game at West Point High School. But as much as the New Hope High juniors can look back on the incident and smile because they are feeling like themselves, they admit it was an experience they never saw coming or want to experience again.
Brandon Brown has seen a lot of progress in seven seasons at Columbus High School. Now that he is moving on, Brown can look to the Columbus High powerlifting team's most recent meet and know he has played a part in the program's move into the upper echelon of Class 6A. That success also has played a key role in the ability of the school's football team to compete in one of the state's toughest regions and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team recorded another first Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a gritty defensive effort, MSU gave coach Vic Schaefer and his coaching staff their first Southeastern Conference road victory.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Moore can say he has traveled from one end of the country to the other to make his Major League Baseball debut.
STARKVILLE -- Cord Sandberg doesn't want to be average at anything.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball program can point to pitching as a strength this season. MSU rode a wave of pitching momentum to a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee State University and Georgia State University on Saturday in the second day of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic. MSU (3-1) allowed just four hits in 8-0 and 9-1 run-rule victories.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 2 University of Florida men's basketball team played without forward Will Yeguete, benched starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin, and received an injury scare from Erik Murphy. It didn't matter against Mississippi State University.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Alex Oriakhi's temper got the best of him when he reached up from the court and pulled down Reginald Buckner. After a minute on the bench, the senior forward returned with just as much fire but much better focus.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Jacobs scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 46 seconds left to help the University of Alabama men's basketball team secure a 60-57 victory against LSU on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball will be without its most experienced guard for the foreseeable future.