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MSU women getting ready for FSU

Posted 3/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The “experts” have spoken. On Thursday, ESPN.com contributors Charlie Creme, Graham Hays, and Mechelle Voepel turned in their predictions for the Sweet 16 pairings in the women’s NCAA tournament.

 

 

MSU baseball wants to rebound at home

Posted 3/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State baseball team’s goal this weekend against the University of Georgia will be to guard against the letdown. Georgia (8-13, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) is at the bottom of the league standings and is in the middle of a six-game losing streak after falling Wednesday to Furman.

 

 

MSU baseball shows knack for rallying again

Posted 3/25/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State baseball team has a thing for the comeback. For the ninth time this season, MSU overcame a deficit for a victory, this time rallying from a four-run deficit to beat the University of Memphis 7-6 on Wednesday night.

 

 

Lady Bulldogs take next step

Posted 3/25/2010 in College Sports

PITTSBURGH — Sharon Fanning-Otis said all of the right things Tuesday night. Faced with the emotion of a stirring 87-67 victory against Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Petersen Events Center, Fanning-Otis stuck to a script she has repeated this season like a Broadway performer.

 

 

MSU makes Sweet 16 for first time

Posted 3/24/2010 in College Sports

PITTSBURGH — Connected toughness has never been sweeter. The seventh-seeded Mississippi State women’s basketball team delivered a 40-minute dose of the catch-phrase that has come to be the key to its success on Tuesday night to earn a historic victory. Alexis Rack scored 30 points to lead four players in double figures and help MSU secure its first trip to the Sweet 16 with an 87-67 victory against second-seeded Ohio State in a second-round NCAA tournament game at the Petersen Events Center.

 

 

Antonelli happy to see Fanning-Otis make the Sweet 16

Posted 3/24/2010 in College Sports

PITTSBURGH — Debbie Antonelli has known Sharon Fanning-Otis for a long time. The veteran college basketball analyst developed a friendship with Fanning, as she was then known, in 1988 when she was the women’s basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. Through the years, Antonelli has worked as an analyst on numerous games in which Fanning-Otis has coached. She couldn’t have been any prouder Tuesday night as she watched seventh-seeded Mississippi State defeat second-seeded Ohio State 87-67 in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Petersen Events Center.

 

 

Ohio State suffers stunning loss to MSU

Posted 3/24/2010 in College Sports

PITTSBURGH — The Ohio State women’s basketball players didn’t know what hit them. On paper, the second-seeded Lady Buckeyes had all of the statistical advantages entering their game Tuesday night against seventh-seeded Mississippi State in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Petersen Events Center. But Ohio State’s accuracy from 3-point range (nation-best 39.5 percent), the dominance of three-time Big Ten Conference Player of the Year Jantel Lavender, and the steadiness of sophomore point guard Samantha Prahalis were lost in a wave of MSU momentum.

 

 

Lummus producing in two spot for EMCC

Posted 3/24/2010 in College Sports

To East Mississippi Community College baseball coach Tony Montgomery, a .350 batting average and .400 on-base percentage are ideal numbers for the second hitter in the batting order. But Montgomery is getting much more production this season than that from sophomore right fielder Alex Lummus in the second slot. Lummus, a 2008 graduate of Oak Hill Academy in West Point, is the Lions’ second-leading hitter with a .443 batting average and he leads the team with a .495 on-base percentage going into a doubleheader with Itawamba Community College today.

 

 

Byrne to remain until late April

Posted 3/23/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State University Athletic Director Greg Byrne, who announced Monday he’ll be leaving the school for University of Arizona, will be on board in Starkville until late April as MSU begins a search for his replacement.

 

 

Lady Bulldogs get rematch

Posted 3/23/2010 in College Sports

PITTSBURGH — The NCAA tournament brings out the best in everyone. For the second consecutive game, Mississippi State senior center Chanel Mokango will have the opportunity to match up against one of the best post players in the nation. More than two days after defending Middle Tennessee State’s Alysha Clark, the nation’s leading scorer, Mokango likely will match up in the post against junior center Jantel Lavender when seventh-seeded MSU (20-12) takes on second-seeded Ohio State (31-4) at 6:11 tonight (ESPN2) in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Petersen Events Center.

 

 

State gets second chance to finish the deal

Posted 3/23/2010 in College Sports

PITTSBURGH — This time, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team wants to finish the deal. A year ago, 11th-seeded MSU led third-seeded Ohio State 58-54 with 6 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in their second-round NCAA tournament game in Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately, the Lady Buckeyes shut out the Lady Bulldogs the rest of the way en route to a 64-58 victory.

 

 

MSU defense will have attack first mentality

Posted 3/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Talented, yet young and inexperienced last season, the Mississippi State defense will have things simplified this year.  Under new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and defensive line coach/co-defensive coordinator Chris Wilson, reads will be simplified with an attack first mentality.

 

 

Byrne initiated change during MSU tenure

Posted 3/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Greg Byrne’s impact as athletic director Mississippi State has visible reminders around campus and could have lasting effects in the future.  Typically two-year periods don’t produce the type of innovation and change that Byrne initiated before leaving behind his athletics renovation to become athlatic director at the University of Arizona, but he did just that with notable coaching hires and facility upgrades. 

 

 

MSU not to be denied

Posted 3/22/2010 in College Sports

PITTSBURGH — The look said Mississippi State wasn’t going to be denied. It started in Alexis Rack’s eyes after the senior guard made a 3-pointer with 4 minutes, 3 seconds to play. Before she knew it, the look became infectious, and just in the nick of time.

 

 

Mokango demonstrates toughness for Lady Bulldogs

Posted 3/22/2010 in College Sports

PITTSBURGH — Chanel Mokango is probably tired of hearing the word toughness. For two years, Mississippi State women’s basketball coaches have begged, prodded and pleaded with Mokango to play like the dominant post player they believed she could be. On Sunday, Mokango delivered the toughest effort of her MSU career.

 

 

With new backs, MSU's line will have more onus

Posted 3/22/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Often unnoticed through last year’s edge-of-your-seat Mississippi State football season, the Bulldogs offensive line became the team’s most cohesive unit.  The same is expected this season, though the main beneficiary of the offensive unit’s drastic improvement last year, Anthony Dixon, will be earning an NFL paycheck instead of setting more team records.  Dixon rushed for 1,391 yards and ranked among the nation’s best in yards per game and total rushing yards last season. The Bulldogs rushed for 2,731 yards as a team, which ranked 13th in the nation. 

 

Byrne: Decision to leave MSU 'a good one for my family'

Posted 3/22/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Talk about a case of the Mondays.

MSU athletic director Byrne leaving for Arizona AD job

Posted 3/22/2010 in College Sports

After less than two full years, Mississippi State University Athletic Director Greg Byrne is leaving to become athletic director at the University of Arizona, Mississippi State officials said this morning.

 

MSU edged by North Carolina

Posted 3/21/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — North Carolina is still North Carolina. After exchanging leads in a pressure-packed NIT contest on Saturday, the North Carolina Tar Heels escaped Humphrey Coliseum by edging the Mississippi State Bulldogs 76-74. Larry Drew made the winning basket for North Carolina with 2.8 seconds remaining with a high-banked kisser off the glass.  

 

 

Disappointing ending for Bulldog seniors

Posted 3/21/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — For two Mississippi State players, Saturday wasn’t the way to end a career. Seniors Barry Stewart and Jarvis Varnado ended their Mississippi State careers in disappointment Saturday as the Bulldogs were edged 76-74 by North Carolina in the second round of the NIT. But as MSU coach Rick Stansbury pointed out, every senior in America has their career come to a disappointing end accept the ones who hoist the NCAA, NIT and CIT championship trophies.

 

 

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