Articles by Ben Wait
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Ben Howland wasn’t happy with his team’s performance Saturday in a 91-74 loss to Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Bulldogs led 38-37 early in the second half, but the Volunteers went on a run and ran away with the victory.
New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer spent a little more than three minutes with his team in the locker room at halftime.
After building a 14-point lead in the first quarter, McBrayer saw his team slack off in the second quarter, which allowed West Lowndes High to cut the lead to eight at halftime.
Heritage Academy boys’ basketball senior point guard Dalton Ford hit the floor hard twice in the fourth quarter.
STARKVILLE — Chris Jones and his wife, Shaunacy, walked into the Starkville High School football field house with big smiles on their faces.
Led by Starkville Athletic Director Milton Smith Sr., Jones and his wife greeted those who already had gathered. Jones shook everyone’s hand and introduced himself and said how much of a pleasure it was to be at Starkville.
STARKVILLE — A day after announcing the enrollment of an East Mississippi Community College football player, the Mississippi State football team announced another Thursday.
A team spokesperson said EMCC defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers has enrolled and will go through spring practices with MSU. On Wednesday, MSU announced EMCC defensive back Brian Cole was enrolled in school.
STARKVILLE — It hasn’t been easy for Southeastern Conference men’s basketball teams after playing Kentucky.
The No. 5 Wildcats are 6-0 in conference play and are on a six-game winning streak. Kentucky has beaten Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Auburn, and Mississippi State. Auburn, which beat LSU 78-74 at home Wednesday night, is the only team to win its next game after playing Kentucky.
Kemper County High School football coach Chris Jones left a good impression on Starkville High School Athletic Director Milton Smith Sr. after an interview for the new Starkville High football coach position.
STARKVILLE — Lamar Peters, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Mario Kegler looked down at the stats and shook their heads.
The Mississippi State men’s basketball players were somber Tuesday night as they digested an 88-81 loss to No. 5 Kentucky. MSU coach Ben Howland didn’t look at the stats as he began his opening statement. He praised his players and didn’t gaze at the stats until questions were asked.
STARKVILLE — With less than a minute remaining in the game, a mild scuffle broke out in front of the Kentucky men’s basketball team’s bench.
Mississippi State coach Ben Howland and Kentucky coach John Calipari had to help the officials break up the scuffle and pull their respective players back to their bench.
STARKVILLE — Markedric Bell doesn’t have the basketball background others have.
Bell didn’t play organized basketball in junior high, but he decided to join the Starkville High School boys basketball team. Bell didn’t play as a freshmen, but he practiced and received a chance to play as a sophomore.