STARKVILLE — This is an important week for the Mississippi State men’s basketball team. The Bulldogs go back on the road, but it’s not going to be an easy trip.
BILOXI ---The East Mississippi Community College football team’s historical season continued Sunday with a 27-24 win against Arizona Western College in the second-annual Mississippi Bowl at Biloxi Stadium. The win allowed the Lions, ranked No. 5, to cap off head coach Buddy Stephens second season with a school record 11 wins to go win one loss. EMCC, which won its first state championship last month by beating Gulf Coast 75-71, made the school’s first bowl appearance since a 1963 visit to the Hospitality Bowl in Gulfport.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State found playing St. Bonaventure to be a little bit easier this season. Last season, the Bulldogs had to score the final five points to beat the Bonnies 76-71. However, the rematch Saturday was never in doubt as MSU hit four 3-point field goals in the first 4 minutes, jumped out to a 16-2 lead and went on to a 105-53 win at Humphrey Coliseum. It ties for the largest margin of victory in the 12-year era of coach Rick Stansbury.
SCOOBA – Today’s Mississippi Bowl in Biloxi figures to be a formidable matchup of two of the nation’s rising junior college football programs. Paired together from opposite sides of the cournty, the No. 5 East Mississippi Community College Lions (10-1) will meet the sixth-ranked Matadors of Arizona Western College (9-1). Kickoff for the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s second-annual junior college bowl event is set for 2 p.m. at Biloxi Indian Stadium.
“Roll Tide, Redden.” Regardless of which college football team you love, those words have a familiar ring if you live in Columbus or in West Alabama. That’s because Alan Redden just might be the area’s biggest fan of the University of Alabama. He holds that title even though he drives a truck for his business, Redden Satellite, that has lettering outlined in blue and orange — the colors or archrival Auburn.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury knows St. Bonaventure center Andrew Nicholson will be a difficult matchup. The toughest thing for the Bulldogs about facing Nicholson is center Jarvis Varnado might have his shot-blocking hand taped up. Varnado dislocated two fingers on his left hand last week attempting to block a shot against Old Dominion. Stansbury isn’t sure how much he’ll be able to help against the Bonnies at 1 p.m. Saturday.
STARKVILLE — Incomplete. On paper, the statistics from the Mississippi State women’s basketball team’s 85-52 victory against Southern Miss reflect an impressive evening.
East Mississippi Community College women’s basketball coach Sharon Thompson is relying on freshmen in order for her team to have a successful season. Twelve of EMCC’s 15 players are freshmen. Of the team’s sophomores, only one — Martika Hull — is a returning starter, while the other — Eryn Gray — is a transfer from Meridian Community College. One player who is contributing in her first season with the Lady Lions (5-4) is guard Natalie Tate, of Columbus.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State women’s basketball will see at 7 tonight if has learned its lessons and is ready to move on. Coach Sharon Fanning-Otis hopes the Lady Bulldogs will be in that position when they take on Southern Miss (3-3) at Humphrey Coliseum. The game is the first for MSU (4-3) after it went 0-3 last weekend at the 10th annual Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. MSU, which entered the three-day tournament ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25, opened the tournament with a 73-55 loss to then-No. 13 Texas. MSU beat Texas 71-63 last season in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
STARKVILLE — One year ago, Mississippi State Athletic Director Greg Byrne was looking for a new football coach. After Sylvester Croom resigned following a 4-8 season and a 45-0 loss to the University of Mississippi, Byrne knew he had to find someone to help energize the program. He found Dan Mullen.
STARKVILLE -- Carl Torbush has been on both sides of the Egg Bowl rivalry between Mississippi State and Ole Miss. As the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss from 1983-86, Torbush didn’t lose to MSU. Now as the defensive coordinator at MSU, Torbush turned the tables on Ole Miss on Saturday as the Bulldogs won the Egg Bowl 41-27 at Davis Wade Stadium. It was a satisfying way for Torbush and MSU (5-7, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) to end the season.
STARKVILLE — It remains to be seen whether Chris Relf is the quarterback of the future for Mississippi State. On Saturday, Relf was more than adequate for the present. The sophomore rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns and threw for two more scores to help MSU upset No. 20 University of Mississippi 41-27 before a crowd of 55,365 at Davis Wade Stadium. MSU (5-7, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) ended Dan Mullen’s first season as coach on a good note and avenged a 45-0 loss to the Rebels last season.
STARKVILLE — Gashed. Shredded. Trampled. Any of those words — and probably a few more would describe the feeling of the University of Mississippi football team defense Saturday after a 41-27 loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl at David Wade Stadium. Led by sophomore quarterback Chris Relf and senior running back Anthony Dixon, the Bulldogs (5-7, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) rushed for 317 yards against the Rebels (8-4, 4-4), who entered the game as the SEC’s fourth-best team against the run (124.3 yards per game).
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen couldn’t leave Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday afternoon without getting a microphone to address the crowd one more time this season. Mullen wanted to express his appreciation to the fans for helping set attendance records and energizing the football team this season. Even though the Bulldogs were only 2-5 at home this season, they closed their home schedule with a 41-27 victory against No. 20 University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE — Pat Patterson enjoyed the setting, but he would have preferred a different outcome. The former Noxubee County High School standout caught one pass for 17 yards Saturday in the No. 20 University of Mississippi’s 41-27 loss to Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium. The catch was the 12th of the season for the former Tiger, who said the Egg Bowl game was what he thought it would be.
Coaches often use the phrase “you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him” when discussing a talented player from an opposing team. Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen feels that way about University of Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has the same measure of respect for MSU running back Anthony Dixon.
Tyson Lee is a leader. It’s a trait the Mississippi State quarterback has tried to present throughout his football career. Through his dedication, determination, and faith, Lee, a former standout at Columbus High School and Itawamba Community College, has gained respect from coaches and teammates.
Noxubee County High School coach M.C. Miller believes it’s just a matter of time before wide receiver Pat Patterson does the things he did as a Tiger in Macon at the University of Mississippi. Patterson has been looking for more playing time as the season has progressed for the Rebels.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury challenged sophomore forward Romero Osby a week ago. Stansbury wanted to get Osby’s attention about his role off the bench.
STARKVILLE — The next three days should reveal a lot about the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. After climbing six spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 thanks to an impressive home victory against the University of Maryland, the No. 19 Lady Bulldogs will put that ranking to the test in a scenic locale.
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