NEW YORK -- The Mississippi State basketball team's great start wasn't fooling Rick Stansbury. The Bulldogs hit 10 of their first 13 shots from the field in taking a 22-point lead and they hung on for a 69-60 victory against No. 19 Texas A&M on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
STARKVILLE -- The spark never materialized. As a result, the Mississippi State senior with the most game experience was left to give her team a near-failing grade. Diamber Johnson had a team-high 14 points and six assists, but she was one of few bright spots in MSU's 66-48 victory against Alcorn State on Thursday night before a crowd of 580 at Humphrey Coliseum.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- When JaMychal Green went to the bench with two quick fouls, Tony Mitchell stepped up for the No. 16 University of Alabama men's basketball team. Mitchell scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Alabama to a 62-42 win against Maryland on Thursday night in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
STARKVILLE -- In the short term, the Mississippi State football team would like to upset the No. 6 University of Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) and become bowl eligible. The long-term plan involves using Arkansas' strategy to attain the Razorbacks' level next season.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury faces a debate about which style his team will implement at 6 p.m. today (ESPN2) when it faces No. 19 Texas A&M in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. The question involves junior Renardo Sidney, a player the Bulldogs' 14th-year coach admits has been his most difficult to coach.
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal grew accustomed to being the "big girl." As a standout at Worthington High School in Minnesota, the 6-foot-4 center often was the tallest player on the basketball court. Typically, Alwal towered over opponents, and rarely did she face another post player who was tall enough to look her in the eyes. Now a freshman on the Mississippi State women's basketball team, Alwal remains one of the tallest players on her team. No longer, though, does Alwal go stretches without seeing playing against someone her height -- or taller -- or an opponent who wants to play physically in the paint.
STARKVILLE -- It is a one-word play call. It also is a word Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning won't reveal.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State linebacker Brandon Wilson was nominated Tuesday for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is presented annually to nation's most outstanding walk-on. Wilson is tied for second on the team with 81 tackles and one and a half tackles for loss and a fumbled recovery.
It's more than 1,700 miles from Scooba to Yuma, Ariz. But the East Mississippi Community College football team would make that trip today if it could.
STARKVILLE - If Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen had his way, he'd have a two new kickers at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) for his team's game against No. 6 University of Arkansas. But there isn't a waiver wire in college football, so MSU will bring the same special teams players to Little Rock, Ark., to face the Razorbacks (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference)
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore safety Nickoe Whitley will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a ruptured Achilles' tendon in his left foot.
The dream matchup is almost a reality. When the final NJCAA top 20 of the regular season was released Monday morning, there were no major surprises. For a second straight week, the East Mississippi Community College football team was ranked second in the nation, while No. 1 Arizona Western College also made it back-to-back weeks in the top spot.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team made a statement Monday night. Not only did it beat a quality opponent in Xavier 71-65 at Humphrey Coliseum, but it also may have found a third offensive option in center Martha Alwal.
OXFORD -- It appears Houston Nutt has finally run out of magic. The embattled 54-year-old coach has one last chance at a truly signature victory when Mississippi (2-8, 0-6 SEC) hosts No. 1 LSU (10-0, 6-0) on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. But considering Nutt's lame duck status and that the Rebels are coming off an embarrassing 27-7 loss to Louisiana Tech on homecoming, the odds are incredibly long.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's offense didn't have much success Saturday night against the No. 4 University of Alabama. The Bulldogs didn't move the ball much and they certainly didn't light up the scoreboard for the first three quarters. When the final whistle blew, the Crimson Tide proved why they are on another level in the Southeastern Conference with a 24-7 victory at David Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Earlier in the week, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said a lack of effort wasn't the reason his team was falling short in big home games. In a way, MSU's third-year coach proved that line of thinking true Saturday night when he and the Bulldogs tried everything to no avail in a 24-7 loss to the No. 4 University of Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- With 7 minutes, 32 seconds left in the third quarter Saturday night, University of Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley let out a sigh of relief all of Oktibbeha County felt. His 24-yard field goal helped him became the first kicker to convert a field goal in five tries just when fans had started to think the task was impossible.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Lacoltan Bester threw a birthday party with 4,000 friends in attendance Saturday afternoon. Bester also was the master of his ceremonies who made sure everyone will remember his 20th birthday for a lifetime. The Scooba native caught three touchdown passes to help No. 2 EMCC defeat No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. 42-17 in the MACJC state championship game at Sullivan-Windham Field.
SCOOBA -- West Point native Justin Cox knows a thing or two about winning state championships. Cox played on each of the past two Class 5A state championship teams at West Point High School. On Saturday, Cox and his defensive teammates were hard at work for the No. 2 East Mississippi Community College football team.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball responded Saturday from an early season wake-up call with an effort coach Rick Stansbury was more than happy to discuss.
1. No. 1 Alabama loses Harris in shutout of Kent State COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Kemper County takes it to Noxubee County in second half HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Non-conference schedule has right mix for MSU women LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Madden wins Cotton Pickin' 100 LOCAL SPORTS
5. Winona Christian's ground game edges Oak Hill Academy's passing game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS