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Creighton blocks way for Alabama

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Josh Jones figured he owed his teammates one. After missing two crucial free throws with 8.7 seconds left, the junior guard blocked a 3-pointer by Trevor Releford to help the Creighton University men's basketball team end its 10-year NCAA tournament drought with a 58-57 victory against the University of Alabama on Friday.

 

 

EMCC men leave for NJCAA national tournament

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College cleared space in the trophy case for the school's first national championship in football in December. The Lions would like to add some basketball hardwood to that case.

 

 

Who's next for MSU?

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For nearly a decade and a half, every single person involved with Mississippi State University men's basketball has never had to wonder about the value of the head coaching position. The reason is simple -- Rick Stansbury has always been there. For 14 years, since taking over for his boss Richard Williams in 1998, Stansbury has always led the program and been the face of Bulldogs basketball. This fact alone has made such an exercise essentially meaningless.

 

 

WITH NO REGRETS -- Stansbury: Decision to bypass Clemson was right one

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Two years ago, Rick Stansbury presented what he perceived to be his commitment to Mississippi State University by staying in Starkville. Thursday, Stansbury sat in the very same building showing his love for the institution he's been associated with for 22 years by doing the exact opposite -- walking away at the right time. It was the moment he considered leaving Starkville for Clemson University as a poignantly parallel moment during his retirement announcement in an emotional news conference at the Bryan Athletic Building Thursday.

 

 

Stansbury stands by his record

Posted 3/15/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury said he hasn't thought about his job security as Mississippi State University men's basketball coach.

 

 

Fanning-Otis feels Schaefer has what it takes to push MSU to next level

Posted 3/15/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Consider Sharon Fanning-Otis impressed. Mississippi State University's recently retired women's basketball coach was in attendance Tuesday to welcome Vic Schaefer to Starkville to be the seventh coach in the program's history.

 

 

Bracewell scratched from game one start vs. LSU

Posted 3/15/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The plan for redshirt sophomore Ben Bracewell's return to the mound has changed again. Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen said the right-handed starting pitcher likely won't see action this weekend due to concerns about his recovery from elbow soreness nearly a month ago.

 

 

MSU softball team building bonds, confidence

Posted 3/15/2012 in College Sports

The Mississippi State University softball team found itself in a lengthy airport layover Wednesday afternoon trying to get from Columbus, S.C., to Baton Rouge, La. While no one likely will write a paper entitled "How I spent my spring break" about this odyssey, the Bulldogs were determined to make the most of their spare time.

 

 

Illinois State sets 3-point record in victory against Ole Miss

Posted 3/15/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Tyler Brown scored 26 points, Nic Moore added 24, and the Illinois State University men's basketball team put on a record-setting shooting display in a 96-93 overtime victory against the University of Mississippi on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

 

 

MSU men end season on embarrassing note

Posted 3/14/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The 100th year of basketball at Mississippi State University didn't end in celebration. It ended in front of an announced crowd of 2,507 at Humphrey Coliseum that was inflated and frustrated.

 

 

Humbling loss ends MSU's men's basketball season

Posted 3/14/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It would be inaccurate to categorize the Mississippi State University men's basketball team as less than prepared for what turned out to be the season finale Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were properly prepared to fail.

 

 

'Secreatary of Defense' Schaefer introduced as MSU's new women's basketball coach

Posted 3/14/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer felt the spark the first time he met Scott Stricklin. Once Schaefer had an opportunity to visit Starkville and tour Mississippi State University's campus and athletic facilities, it didn't take him long to know he could bring the same spark to the school's women's basketball program.

 

 

Bulldogs face mental hurdle in NIT opener

Posted 3/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The consistent rule of thumb of teams participating the National Invitational Tournament is the more motivated team typically wins.

 

 

GETTING A CHANCE: Casey earns playing time at third base for Diamond Dawgs

Posted 3/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Phillip Casey wasn't sure what his role would be on the 2012 Mississippi State baseball roster.

 

MSU set to announce Vic Schaefer as new women's basketball coach

Posted 3/12/2012 in College Sports

Vic Schaefer will become the next women's basketball coach at Mississippi State University.

 

Fate of MSU men could be decided

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- At approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, the fate of the Mississippi State University men's basketball team had been sealed, according to the NCAA tournament selection chairman.

 

 

Sidney offers no hints about future

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney won't give any hints where he will play basketball next season. Mississippi State University's 6-foot-10 center didn't address the topic Thursday in the team's locker room following a 71-61 loss to the University of Georgia in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

 

 

MSU baseball suffers 'teaching moment' in loss to Mercer

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For 15 games, the Mississippi State University baseball team hasn't looked like an inexperienced team at the plate or in the field. MSU coach John Cohen and his 27 active players agreed Saturday was a good time for those things to pop up before Southeastern Conference play begins next week. MSU had what Cohen called a "teaching moment" Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Mercer University at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs had only seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. The loss snapped a season-best seven-game win streak.

 

 

Jenkins, Vanderbilt send Ole Miss home

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- Vanderbilt University's John Jenkins has a philosophy on 3-point shooting that doesn't require much of a conscience. It does require confidence. And the Commodores' most prolific long-range bomber isn't lacking it, which is the main reason Vanderbilt rallied to beat the University of Mississippi 65-53 and advance to the program's first Southeastern Conference tournament final in more than 60 years.

 

 

MSU softball misses chance to take series vs. Georgia

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball player Heidi Shape enjoys playing against the University of Georgia. Shape is a Georgia native and was a standout at Norcross High School in Duluth, Ga. The second baseman had another couple of nice defensive plays and a hit Saturday, but it wasn't enough to help MSU avoid a 2-0 loss to No. 7 Georgia in a Southeastern Conference game at the MSU Softball Field.

 

 

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