OXFORD -- Rick Ray finally had enough Saturday. With 16 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the game, the MSU second-year men's basketball coach looked down his bench and was desperate to find five players who wanted to play with effort at Ole Miss. He said he wasn't trying to send a message when he substituted his five starters, but it may have been interpreted as one in an 82-63 loss at Tad Smith Coliseum.
OXFORD -- The next play. It sounds simple to be able to put a bad play or consecutive mistakes behind you. Truth be told, Kenyotta Jenkins wouldn't have been able to do that a year ago. The old Jenkins likely would have put her head down after being picked on by an opponent and let her play affect her performance and the play of her teammates. If that was still the case, Matt Insell still would be looking for his first Southeastern Conference victory.
OXFORD -- Vic Schaefer took one for the team Thursday night. The Mississippi State second-year women's basketball coach accepted the blame for not putting his squad in position to close a victory against archrival Ole Miss. Leading by as many as 11 points in the second half and by seven with a little more than four minutes left in regulation, MSU couldn't deliver the knockout blow and allowed Kenyotta Jenkins to score on an offensive rebound putback with 0.8 seconds to go in overtime that gave Ole Miss an 87-85 victory before a crowd of 1,107 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray knows he can toss the game film of his team's victory against Ole Miss earlier this month in the trash. Ray will have to devise a new game plan because senior guard Marshall Henderson will be back for the Rebels when the teams face off at 3 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Tad Smith Coliseum.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Daisha Simmons wanted to make sure the Alabama women's basketball team had a good shot on its last possession.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 6 Florida men's basketball team was limping into halftime of a close game when Michael Frazier II nailed a 3-pointer and a foul shot.
STARKVILLE -- Tyson Cunningham had the most significant two-minute stretch of his college basketball career Wednesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Coming off one of his team's best efforts of the season Thursday, Vic Schaefer never imagined he would have returned from Texas on Sunday with a "limp."
Matt Insell was raised in a positive home.
STARKVILLE - When asked about the status of IJ Ready for the third time in four days, MSU coach Rick Ray simply shook his head.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State made a commitment to defensive coordinator Geoff Collins to keep him on its football coaching staff.
STARKVILLE -- The message couldn't be more clear from Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray to his players: it's on you. Following an 81-72 overtime victory against Texas A&M on Saturday, Ray has focused on getting his players to build on the win and not to revert to old habits.
Ole Miss senior guard Marshall Henderson was named Monday the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. The 6-foot-2, 177-pounder from Hurst, Texas, averaged 22 points, 3.5 assists, two rebounds, and two steals in wins against LSU and at South Carolina.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right-handed closer Jonathan Holder received his third 2014 preseason All-America honor Monday when he was named a second-team pick to the Perfect Game All-America Team.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Southeastern Conference leader Texas A&M displayed its size, speed, and defensive prowess in the Reed Arena on Sunday afternoon. After competing for a half, the Mississippi State women's basketball team struggled in the second half. No. 25 Texas A&M opened the second half with a 10-0 run and cruised to its eighth-straight victory in a 73-35 decision.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Senior Valencia McFarland had a look at a 3-pointer that would have tied the game with two seconds left Sunday, but couldn't get it to fall in the Ole Miss women's basketball team's 68-65 loss at Arkansas.
STARKVILLE -- Gavin Ware figured Saturday was finally his time. That's why the Mississippi State sophomore center became visibly angry at his teammates on possessions he didn't get the ball. The former Starkville High School standout put that frustration to good use, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead MSU to an 81-72 overtime victory against Texas A&M at Humphrey Coliseum.
Slippage is a term coaches use to gauge how well players or teams carry over what they have learned in practice to a game. In the case of the Mississippi State women's basketball team, Vic Schaefer has preached for the past two seasons about playing with heart, throwing the first punch, and representing MSU with pride, energy, and enthusiasm.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team knocked Texas A&M from the ranks of the unbeaten in league play without freshman point guard IJ Ready.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jabari Brown knows there are ups and downs in basketball. So after Missouri lost two of three, including a 78-75 setback at Vanderbilt on Thursday, the junior guard told his teammates not to get frustrated.
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