CHARLESTON, S.C. -- George Mason men's basketball coach Dave Paulsen understands it will take time for the Patriots to become a polished group on offense. Their showing against Ole Miss was a good start. The Patriots (1-2) won their first game since Paulsen took over last March, outlasting the Rebels 68-62 to open the Charleston Classic on Thursday.
OXFORD -- Erika Sisk had a team-best 18 points, while teammate Shequila Joseph had a career-high 10 rebounds, but the Ole Miss women's basketball team lost to Missouri State 91-78 on Thursday night at Tad Smith Coliseum. Joseph and freshmen Cecilia Muhate Pena and Madinah Muhammad had baskets for Ole Miss (1-2) in an 18-2 run in the final 4 minutes, 18 seconds to close the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome a large late-game deficit.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland sees room for a lot of improvement.
STARKVILLE -- It has been a long time coming for Houston Franks and the Mississippi State women's cross country program.
STARKVILLE -- The construction continues for Vic Schaefer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball won't have to look far for a good game during the 2016 season.
STARKVILLE -- Gabe Myles always has a smile on his face.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen believes Arkansas is one of the nation's hottest teams. Mullen has seen Arkansas win four-straight games, including a double overtime victory against Auburn, an overtime thriller against Ole Miss, and a 31-14 drumming of LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Razorbacks' offense has been a big reason for the success.
STARKVILLE -- Malik Newman hasn't seen a lot of action in the last three weeks. The Mississippi State men's basketball team's freshman guard has been suffering from a turf toe injury on his left foot that has limited his practice time. He practiced Sunday for the first time since the injury, but his rhythm was off. That was evident Monday night.
OXFORD -- Sebastian Saiz was dominant Monday night, setting career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds in the Ole Miss men's basketball team's 82-72 victory against Georgia Southern.
With a share of the Southeastern Conference Western Division title still within reach, two rivalry games will determine the No. 25 Ole Miss football team's regular-season fate. First, Ole Miss (7-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) will return from its open date to play host to No. 17 LSU (7-2, 4-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI). The Egg Bowl regular-season finale against Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3) will be at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 28 in Starkville.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team is more than a squad that can smash 'em up and knock 'em down. No. 3 Alabama used a 69-yard Cyrus Jones punt return for a touchdown to provide the spark against Mississippi State on Saturday, and then added three more long scoring plays to turn a scoreless game into a 31-6 romp.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott is optimistic about the Mississippi State football team's final two weeks of the regular season. The senior quarterback was sacked nine times Saturday in a 31-6 loss to No. 3 Alabama at Davis Wade Stadium. He said there are plenty of things MSU (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) can improve on before it faces Arkansas (6-4, 4-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Razorback Stadium, and that it remains focused on winning out.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott will probably have dreams about the Alabama defensive front. The Mississippi Sate quarterback was sacked twice -- including on the first play from scrimmage -- on the opening series against Alabama on Saturday afternoon. He ran the ball three more times on the drive and took a beating. In fact, he took a beating the entire game. He said never has been hit that much.
STARKVILLE -- It was an emotional week for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs lost one of their own last week. Freshman defensive lineman Keith Joseph Jr. and his father, former Bulldog Keith Sr., were killed in a one-car accident Nov. 6. The tragedy hit the football program by surprise, especially the freshmen. Freshman safety Jamal Peters wore No. 99, Joseph Jr.'s number, with Joseph on the back to honor his fallen teammate Saturday afternoon in the team's game against No. 3 Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen saw his defense play well for 52 of 55 plays Saturday afternoon. MSU's defense bottled up Alabama's offense and gave it fits nearly all day, but the Crimson Tide busted three long plays and one on special teams for four touchdowns that proved to the difference in a 31-6 victory at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Dominique Dillingham recorded her first double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Jazzmun Holmes added 12 points in her debut as the No. 11 Mississippi State women's basketball team defeated Samford 68-47 Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU won its 12th-straight season opener and 30th-consecutive home opener in front of a crowd of 6,463, the second-largest crowd in program history. Going back to last season, MSU has averaged nearly 4,000 per game.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy knew he would have to rely on guard Stefan Moody to carry the Rebels during the early section of the season. Moody did not let him down Friday night. Moody scored a career-high 29 points, added five rebounds and five assists as the Rebels defeated Northwestern State 90-76 in the season opener for both clubs. The Rebels placed four players in double figures and never trailed.
OXFORD -- Sophomore Shandricka Sessom had a career high 24 points to lead the Ole Miss women's basketball team to a 97-61 victory against Mississippi Valley in the season opener for both teams Friday afternoon in the 13th annual School Kids game. The teams played in front of a crowd of 7,407 fans, a new school record, and the largest crowd to see a women's basketball game in the state of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Midway through the first half of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's season opener Friday, the crowd of 9,931 at Humphrey Coliseum had settled into a restless quiet as Eastern Washington was doing layup drills. The biggest cheer came during a timeout when the scoreboard heralded the Bulldogs' just-completed recruiting class for 2016, rated fifth best in the country.
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