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Cohen: MSU loses 'identity' in loss to Memphis

Posted 2/20/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team figured out Wednesday night they're not going to be treated like the national runner-up. MSU coach John Cohen kept his team in the clubhouse for more than 30 minutes following a 6-4 loss to Memphis at Dudy Noble Field. He then used words like "immature," "unprepared," and "selfish" to describe his club (2-2) after it committed three errors and struck out seven times.

 

 

Schaefer wants MSU focused on Alabama

Posted 2/20/2014 in College Sports

Don't mention the future to Vic Schaefer. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach knows his team likely has secured some kind of postseason opportunity following the Southeastern Conference tournament. What acronym the Bulldogs find themselves playing in remains to be seen. That's why Schaefer wants his team's focus squarely on Alabama at 7 tonight when the teams meet at Foster Auditorium.

 

 

MSU softball teams wins 11th-straight game to open season

Posted 2/20/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Thrilled. Excited. Surprised. Mississippi State senior first baseman Sam Lenahan was full of adjectives to describe her team's 11-0 start to the season. The Bulldogs matched the second-best start in school history Wednesday afternoon with a 6-0 victory against Central Arkansas at the MSU Softball Field.

 

 

Fast start pushes LSU past MSU

Posted 2/20/2014 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Coming off back-to-back losses on the road, the LSU men's basketball team needed to get off to a quick start against Mississippi State on Wednesday. The Tigers didn't disappoint coach Johnny Jones as they scored the first 14 points of the game en route to a 92-81 victory against the Bulldogs.

 

 

Randle, Kentucky too much for Ole Miss

Posted 2/19/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Kentucky's Julius Randle started his big night with a few dunks, then made a boatload of free throws and capped it off with a difficult finish in the lane to seal the victory.

 

 

Ray still perplexed by how games are officiated

Posted 2/19/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray's answer epitomized his frustration about how college basketball games are being officiated this season. When asked if he knew how games are being called, the Mississippi State men's basketball coach shook his head and wanted to move on.

 

 

Lack of depth continues to plague Bulldogs

Posted 2/17/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Basically Rick Ray is confounded by the same problem he found himself in last year.

 

 

Cohen uses familiar formula to get 500th victory

Posted 2/17/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- John Cohen and the Mississippi State baseball team used a familiar formula Sunday to earn a landmark victory. Whether it has been at Northwestern State, Kentucky, or his alma mater MSU, Cohen has relied on a recipe of taking pitches, getting on base, using his bullpen, and capitalizing with runners in scoring position to have success as a head coach. When your team holds the opponent to three extra-base hits and six runs in three games, that strategy will produce results.

 

 

Alwal helps MSU upset No. 16 Vanderbilt

Posted 2/17/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sunday wasn't a restful day for Martha Alwal It's bad enough the junior center had to deal with the lingering effects of an illness that had bothered her for the past few days. To make matters worse, Alwal had to deal with an undersized group of post players from Vanderbilt who poked, pushed, and hip checked her nearly every time she dared to go near the lane.

 

 

MSU women looking for identity-building victory

Posted 2/15/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team has established its identity. Coach Vic Schaefer's Bulldogs also have earned the respect of their Southeastern Conference peers. Now it's time for MSU to fine-tune its performance to turn its share of close calls its way down the stretch.

 

 

Fitts delivers strong start to help MSU get first win

Posted 2/15/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The major questions following the Mississippi State baseball team's first series of the season may have been solved Saturday by an unexpected individual.

 

 

Late tip lifts South Carolina past Alabama

Posted 2/15/2014 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin doesn't mind crediting a little divine intervention for a 67-66 victory against Alabama on Saturday that gave his Gamecocks back-to-back Southeastern Conference wins for the first time in three seasons.

 

 

Something good happens for MSU's Vickerson

Posted 2/15/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jake Vickerson needed something good to happen before fans at Dudy Noble Field started to compare him to his older brother.

 

 

Auburn's scoring duo too much for MSU

Posted 2/15/2014 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn men's basketball team's prolific scoring duo Chris Denson and KT Harrell racked up points and free throws. Denson scored 30 points and Harrell rebounded from a rough game with 26 to lead the Tigers to a 92-82 victory against Mississippi State on Saturday in a game that was controlled by strong foul shooting and huge performances from the Southeastern Conference's No. 2 scoring tandem.

 

 

Georgia edges Ole Miss to take third in SEC

Posted 2/15/2014 in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- Kenny Gaines kept Georgia close by matching Marshall Henderson's five 3-pointers. Still, with the game tied and only 1.5 seconds remaining, third place in the Southeastern Conference was riding on Charles Mann's free throws, and the Georgia sophomore said his confidence never wavered, even after he missed his first attempt.

 

 

Fast start, harder fall: Georgia routs MSU

Posted 2/13/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray admitted to having no answers Wednesday night following his team's most lopsided home loss of the season. "I can't put my finger on it, but we've got to start figuring it out," Ray said.

 

 

Cunningham sparks MSU off bench

Posted 2/13/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tyson Cunningham was part of the best stretch the Mississippi State men's basketball team had Wednesday in a 75-55 loss to Georgia.

 

 

MSU remains home for SEC contest with Georgia

Posted 2/11/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Georgia men's basketball coach Mark Fox says he doesn't like to and won't play much zone defense.

 

 

Now healthy, Bracewell ready to contribute to MSU baseball team

Posted 2/11/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In front of at least 100 fathers and sons at a fall baseball camp, Ben Bracewell found himself making a promise to Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson.

 

 

MSU Media Day: Woodruff ready to make statement for Bulldogs

Posted 2/10/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If there's ever a good omen for Mississippi State baseball, it's the new living situation for pitcher Brandon Woodruff.

 

 

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