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MSU women's basketball searches for consistency

Posted 12/29/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal and Jessy Ward have heard Vic Schaefer's pleas.



MSU women rally in second half for victory

Posted 12/29/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The holiday doldrums lasted nearly 20 minutes longer than Vic Schaefer wanted. Returning from a five-day break for Christmas, the Mississippi State University women's basketball team used the first half Friday night to work back up to speed before finding its stride in the second half for a 65-49 victory against Northwestern State before a a crowd of 1,315 at Humphrey Coliseum.



Hughes to coach secondary; Russell back at full strength

Posted 12/28/2012 in College Sports

After the entire Mississippi State University football team arrived in Jacksonville, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen addressed the staff adjustment in the secondary.



Bulldogs closing in on start of league play

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

The ticking is getting louder.



Stansbury retirement top MSU sports story for 2012

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - When a man decides after 28 years in the profession, 22 of them at Mississippi State University and 14 years as the head coach to do something else with his life, The Dispatch certainly believes this act is more than justifiable to be named MSU story of the year.



Hollivay has sights set on better 2013

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

Rachel Hollivay has her sights set on big things in 2013. If the last game is any indication, the former standout at New Hope High School and at Heritage Academy appears ready to deliver.



Smith leaves MSU to become coach at Auburn

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Melvin Smith spent Christmas packing up his belongings and moving to another Southeastern Conference school. Smith, the Mississippi State University football team's cornerbacks coach from 2006-12, accepted the same position at Auburn University under new coach Gus Malzahn.



Ole Miss beats Hawaii to finish fifth in tournament

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

HONOLULU -- It took the University of Mississippi men's basketball team most of the game to put things together, but when it did, it took over the game quickly. Murphy Holloway scored 18 points and Mississippi pulled away from a tie game in the final minutes to defeat the University of Hawaii 81-66 in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic on Tuesday.



Ole Miss men beat San Francisco

Posted 12/24/2012 in College Sports

HONOLULU -- Two days before Christmas, there were no presents to be found for Andy Kennedy's University of Mississippi men's basketball team. Instead, Ole Miss (9-2) took to a consolation game of the Diamond Head Classic Sunday and came away with a hard-fought 85-78 victory against the University of San Francisco that was anything but gift-wrapped.



Ware has career day in MSU victory

Posted 12/22/2012 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Gavin Ware has the unique opportunity to play college basketball at his hometown university. However, the former Starkville High School All-State performer decided to have his coming-out party two hours down the road.



Ole Miss falls to Indiana State in OT

Posted 12/22/2012 in College Sports

HONOLULU -- In a game of ups and downs, the Indiana State University men's basketball team finished on a strong note.



Mercer upsets Alabama

Posted 12/22/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jakob Gollon made two free throws with 1 minute, 19 seconds left and the Mercer University men's basketball team overcame a double-digit, first-half deficit to upset the University of Alabama 66-59 on Saturday.


Robinson, Young take advantage of opportunity in MSU victory

Posted 12/21/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Opportunities don't give a lot of advance warning. If they did, Shamia Robinson and Brittany Young would have removed their warmup clothes and been sitting on the edge of their seats Thursday for the opening tip against Jacksonville State University.


EMCC players reach next level

Posted 12/20/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College lineman Martavius Foster likes to travel.



Bulldogs remain home for winless Jacksonville State

Posted 12/20/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows his team's margin for error this season is minuscule.



MSU women show signs of growth vs. FAMU

Posted 12/17/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Kendra Grant would have gravitated to the 3-point arc and her toes would have pawed for a comfortable spot. A month ago, Darriel Gaynor talked about the player she used to be and how she was focused on regaining her confidence. Two weeks ago, Sherise Williams finally had a new pair of contact lenses and was prepared to find a way to slow down.



Robinson hopes he has bright future in MSU's backfield

Posted 12/17/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Josh Robinson never has a bad day. The Mississippi State University redshirt freshman backup tailback knows a recent injury to teammate Nick Griffin could result in more carries for himself, but he isn't concerned about his workload.



MSU confident it will have success against Northwestern

Posted 12/15/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior cornerback Corey Broomfield laid out how his teammates feel about their New Year's Day opponent -- and it's not favorable. Translating Broomfield's comments last week, the Big Ten Conference is full of schools that have short, slow players who can't handle the athleticism of players south of the Mason-Dixon line.



Loyola beats MSU in anniversary game

Posted 12/15/2012 in College Sports

CHICAGO -- Devon Turk scored a career-high 21 points as Loyola of Chicago men's basketball team beat Mississippi State University 59-51 Saturday night. Christian Thomas added 16 points for the Ramblers (7-3), who have won five of their last six games and equaled their win total from last season.



MSU's Williams has improvement in her sights

Posted 12/15/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sherise Williams knew something didn't look right. Her mother, Tracey Williams, encouraged her to tell someone at Mississippi State University, but she didn't.



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