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Ready's play in final minute lifts MSU

Posted 1/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready was true to his last name. Catching a pass from teammate Fred Thomas with 47 seconds left Saturday, the Mississippi State men's basketball team's point guard took a deep breath and fired a tie-breaking 3-pointer. Forty seconds later, Ready added two free throws to preserve a 57-54 win against Vanderbilt at Humphrey Coliseum. The win was MSU's first in the Southeastern Conference this season.



Heck provides it all for MSU

Posted 1/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Life can be daunting for a freshman baseball player in the Southeastern Conference. So when Ryan Gridley, a middle infielder from Macon, Georgia, arrived at Mississippi State last fall, he was looking for help. That help arrived in the form of MSU's team captain.



LSU edges No. 15 MSU in 2OT thriller

Posted 1/16/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One more play. With a four-point lead and 1 minute, 57 seconds remaining in double overtime, the Mississippi State women's basketball team was again on the cusp of beating LSU for a pivotal Southeastern Conference home victory. All it needed was to get one more rebound, or one to make one more free throw, or to execute one more time against the press or in its half-court offense to get over the proverbial hump. Instead, LSU trumped No. 15 MSU and made two plays in a 45-second span that sent it on its way to a 71-69 victory before a season-high crowd of 4,727 at Humphrey Coliseum.



Ole Miss women upset No. 18 Georgia

Posted 1/16/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss women's basketball team closed the game with an 8-0 run in the final 2 minutes, 13 seconds Thursday to beat No. 18 Georgia 55-52 at Tad Smith Coliseum. The victory was the program's first against a team ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 since the 2010-11 season, and also snapped a 24-game losing streak to AP-ranked opponents.



Sword's struggles part of MSU's offensive struggles

Posted 1/16/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The 2014-15 season isn't about wins and losses for Mississippi State guard Craig Sword. It's about becoming himself again. That's the battle Sword, who led MSU in scoring (13.7 points per game as a sophomore, is fighting as he recovers from offseason back surgery that sidelined him for the first four games of the season. So far, the ultra-athletic, 6-foot-3, 196-pound shooting guard from Montgomery, Alabama, hasn't found his scoring touch or swagger.



LSU edges Ole Miss for road victory

Posted 1/15/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Keith Hornsby doesn't have a pretty 3-point shot. With a hitch in his motion, a long windup, and a low arc, Hornsby's shooting technique gets the basketball to the rim in a hurry. But the 6-foot-4 junior guard isn't interested in style. Hornsby prefers results, and he provided plenty of those Wednesday night, scoring 20 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the LSU men's basketball team past Ole Miss 75-71 at Tad Smith Coliseum.



MSU's Eubanks will get shot at U.S. Under-20 camp

Posted 1/15/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mallory Eubanks' exploits as a high school player attracted plenty of attention from college coaches. But Eubanks, who was named NSCAA Kentucky High School Player of the Year as a senior, didn't feel she had made a name for herself at the national level as she prepared for her freshman season at Mississippi State. That could be changing very soon.



Prescott feels MSU has chance to be even better in 2015

Posted 1/15/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The most telling part of Dak Prescott's press conference Wednesday, the one that saw the Mississippi State quarterback announce he would return to school for his senior season, was where he went when it was over. After making his announcement and answering questions from reporters, Prescott ducked out of the media room at MSU's Seal Football Complex and headed downstairs to a team meeting.



No. 15 MSU will try to bounce back vs. LSU

Posted 1/15/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Morgan William sat silently and shook her head. The Mississippi State 5-foot-5 point guard was affirming coach Vic Schaefer's assessment of her performance Sunday in a 78-62 loss at Vanderbilt. Even though William agreed with Schaefer that she didn't play well, she didn't like doing it.



MSU QB Prescott will announce decision today

Posted 1/14/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fans won't have to wait much longer to find out about the future of quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott, a redshirt junior from Haughton, Louisiana, who broke 12 school records this season, will hold a will hold a news conference at 1:30 today in the MSU Seal Football Complex to announce his decision. Reports from multiple media outlets Tuesday night said Prescott planned to return for his senior season.



Texas A&M men edge MSU

Posted 1/14/2015 in College Sports

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M men's basketball team saved its best free-throw shooting for when it mattered most. Texas A&M missed 13 free throws before sinking 11 of 14 in the final minute to fend off a late surge from Mississippi State and hold on for a 74-70 win Tuesday night.



McFatrich ready for building process at MSU

Posted 1/14/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- David McFatrich knows how to build a winning program. When Steven McRoberts hired McFatrich as an assistant volleyball coach at Central Arkansas in 2007, McFatrich knew a foundation needed to be laid to help the Sugar Bears become competitive in the Southland Conference and relevant on the national scene.



MSU men will aim for first SEC win tonight at Texas A&M

Posted 1/13/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray won't pretend the numbers are pretty. With his team having lost eight of its past 10 games, the Mississippi State third-year men's basketball coach was asked to pinpoint where things have gone wrong. Ray didn't hesitate.



MSU will introduce McFatrich as new volleyball coach

Posted 1/13/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State volleyball has a new leader. David McFatrich, who led Central Arkansas to two NCAA tournament appearances in four season as coach, was announced Monday as MSU's next coach.



Frizzell's career day helps Ole Miss beat Alabama

Posted 1/12/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Behind a record-setting game from junior guard Gracie Frizzell, the Ole Miss women's basketball team cruised to a 77-63 victory against Alabama on Sunday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum.



Vanderbilt women hand No. 14 MSU its first loss

Posted 1/12/2015 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team's best start in history came to a halt Sunday at the hands of a hot-shooting Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt shot 62.9 percent from the field and claimed a 78-62 victory against No. 14 MSU in a Southeastern Conference game at Memorial Gym.



Minichino Column: Antonelli adds to women's basketball broadcasts

Posted 1/10/2015 in College Sports

If you're a sports fan, you know sometimes there are moments when you want to mute the television and just watch a game.



Alabama throttles cold-shooting Tennessee

Posted 1/10/2015 in College Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Alabama coach Anthony Grant wasn't aware of what his defense had pulled off until just after Saturday's win against Tennessee.



MSU's McKinney declares for NFL Draft

Posted 1/10/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Four years ago, Benardrick McKinney was a lightly recruited high school quarterback from a tiny high school in the Delta with just one major scholarship offer under his belt.



William, undefeated MSU take on Vanderbilt

Posted 1/10/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A year ago, the Mississippi State women's basketball team relied on newcomer Savannah Carter for a spark.



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