PERKINSTON -- The East Mississippi Community College football team only had one thing it could control Sunday. No. 3 EMCC took care of its business Sunday with a 27-17 victory against No. 13 Kilgore (Texas) College 27-17 in the Mississippi Bowl on a blustery, overcast, damp Sunday afternoon at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.'s A.L. May Stadium. The victory helped EMCC win its fourth Mississippi Bowl and likely secured it a No. 2 ranking when the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll is released today.
STARKVILLE -- Despite finishing 5-7, the Mississippi State football team is going to a school-record seventh-straight bowl game. Thanks to an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 971, MSU and North Texas earned the right to go bowling despite having 5-7 records. MSU will play Miami (Ohio) at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, in the St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, the bowl and both schools announced Sunday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Lamar Peters' week didn't start on a strong note. The Mississippi State freshman guard overslept for a 6 p.m. game against Northwestern State on Monday. MSU coach Ben Howland sent a manager to Peters' dorm and when the manager informed him Peters had overslept, Howland told the manager to tell Peters not to show up to the gym. It was the second time Peters was suspended for a game. He missed the game against Central Florida on Nov. 17 for undisclosed reasons.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Hannah Cook didn't know how to describe her fancy footwork. Was it a juke step? Did she know how much time she had to get the shot off? The junior guard knew she had only seconds remaining in regulation to launch a 3-pointer from the top of the key, so she calmly executed a step back move to free herself from Kansas' Kylee Kopatich.
PERKINSTON -- East Mississippi Community College quarterback De'Andre Johnson grabbed some more hardware going out the door. Johnson earned Most Valuable Player honors in EMCC's 27-17 victory against Kilgore (Texas) College on Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi Bowl at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.'s A.L. May Stadium.
AMES, Iowa -- The No. 6 Mississippi State women's basketball team found itself five minutes away from its first loss -- and a big one at that. The Bulldogs showed their character down the stretch, surviving a tough road environment to stay unbeaten. Morgan William scored 24 points, Victoria Vivians had 16, and Mississippi State overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Iowa State 85-81 in overtime Saturday.
The East Mississippi Community College football team will have to settle for dominance in the state of Mississippi. Cut out of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship picture, No. 3 EMCC will fight for a top-three finish when it plays No. 13 Kilgore (Texas) College at 2 p.m. today in the Mississippi Bowl at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.'s A.L. May Stadium in Perkinston.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team had to develop a new identity for two games. With leading scorer Quinndary Weatherspoon sidelined with a wrist injury, the Bulldogs had to find a way to make up for the sophomore guard's 18.8 points per game. MSU hopes it won't have to play assume that identity again.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football redshirt freshman defensive lineman Anfernee Mullins tweeted Friday he plans to transfer.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy leaned into the microphone at his post-game press conference, flashed a smile, and whispered softly. "Coaches aren't supposed to say this out loud, especially on a game this early in the season, but this was a must win for us," Kennedy said following a 85-77 victory against Memphis on Saturday.
ATLANTA -- This was merely an annoyance for the No. 1 Alabama football team, a chance to add another trophy to its overflowing cases. The Crimson Tide did just enough things wrong to give Nick Saban something to complain about for the next month, but in the end it was another dominating victory for the nation's top team. Florida coach Jim McElwain was impressed after his No. 15 Gators took a 54-16 whipping in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday. He called it Saban's best team yet in a dynasty that shows no signs of stumbling.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Stuck with a three-game losing streak and a 12-point halftime deficit, the Texas men's basketball team finally emerged from its inertia Friday night. Texas defended with more intensity, shot with increased accuracy and scored 51 points in the second half to beat Alabama 77-68 at the Frank Erwin Center.
CALEDONIA -- "Guess what happened?" Bailie Cross didn't have any idea what her mother, Beth, was talking about when she arrived home from school last month. Cross said she and her mother usually talk about their days when she gets home from Caledonia High School, but she had a feeling something was different this time.
STARKVILLE -- Quinndary Weatherspoon's last two weeks have been full of uncertainties. On Nov. 21, it was announced the Mississippi State sophomore guard/forward was going to miss the remainder of the season with a tear to his Scapholunate ligament in his left hand -- his non-dominant hand. He suffered the injury Nov. 18 against Boise State in the Gildan Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina. Weatherspoon played the next day against UTEP.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer assembled the Mississippi State women's basketball team's 2016-17 schedule knowing full well his team was going to learn how to handle being the hunted. Trips to Maine and Hawaii as well as a game against Tulane in Biloxi and a lone home game against then-No. 8 Texas have provided plenty of evidence No. 6 MSU has accepted the growing bull's eye on its back and is prepared to travel to any destination to prove it is worthy.
WEST POINT -- It's nearly time. Everitt Cunningham can hardly contain himself. After waiting ever since his freshman season, the West Point senior finally will get to play for a state championship at 7 p.m. Saturday when West Point (13-1) takes on Laurel (13-1) in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State title game at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football freshman John Michael Hankerson has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities after being arrested for simple assault and trespassing Wednesday, MSU coach Dan Mullen announced Thursday.
SCOOBA -- Whether it has been in high school, senior college football or junior college football, former Starkville High standout Raphael Leonard has been all about making plays. Leonard earned his name as an All-State wide receiver at Starkville High. A brief stint followed at Florida Atlantic. Now, he is racking up the honors as a standout wide receiver at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- You'll have to excuse Chinwe Okorie's confusion. Even though she is a senior, the Mississippi State center has been playing basketball for only four years, so she is still getting used to all of the festivities that follow games and tournaments.
STARKVILLE -- Eli Wright was ready for college basketball. After beginning his high school career at Apollo High School in Owensboro, Kentucky, Wright transferred to 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, South Carolina, for his senior season. The move allowed Wright to play a national schedule, which including games against perennial powers like Oak Hill Academy, of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
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