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Thursday morning Starkville High School senior, Nick Brooks, selected his athletic home for the next two seasons as he signed his letter of intent to play for the Lions of East Mississippi Community College.
â€śMan this is a dream come true for me,â€ť said Brooks. â€śIâ€™ve always wanted to play college baseball. It is just something that I want to pursue later in my life. I have an opportunity to go to a school like EMCC, baseball and academically it is just a good fit.â€ť
Brooks is a do-it-all type player who will truly help the Lions at the plate, on the bases, in the outfield, and potentially on the mound.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs traveled to the Tad Smith Coliseum on Wednesday night carrying a 15â€“3 record and a No. 18 ranking.
However, they left with a 75-68 loss at the hands of scrappy Ole Miss ballclub who received a career night from Reginald Buckner.Â
The Rebels (12-6, 2-2) jumped out to an early lead in the contest leading by as many as nine in the first half.Â The Bulldogs (15-4, 2-2) simply couldnâ€™t get over the hump at that point.Â
â€śThey started out well early in the game and we fought from behind all night long, never got over the hump,â€ť said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury.Â
State would battle back and take a one-point lead at 18-17. From that point, the two teams traded baskets over the next couple of possessions before the Rebels took the lead for good.Â
â€śI thought (Buckner) was tremendous tonight,â€ť said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. â€ś(Holloway) got those two early fouls and Reggie was out there on his own tonight. Â He really had to keep us a float early. This was by far Reggieâ€™s best game of the season when we needed it the most.â€ť
Buckner managed a career night with 19 points despite missing seven shots from the free-throw line. He also had a game-high 15 rebounds for the Rebels.Â
â€śBuckner was probably the difference in the game,â€ť said Stansbury. â€śBuckner, they got more from him than Iâ€™m sure they anticipated.â€ť
Twice the Mississippi State Bulldogs have gone on the road in Southeastern Conference play and twice theyâ€™ve come away with disappointing losses. Â
First it was the loss in the lidlifter at Arkansas 98-88 and Wednesday night, the Bulldogs fell to their rivals to the north 75â€“68.Â
â€śIt has come down to toughness,â€ť said Stateâ€™s freshman forward Rodney Hood, who scored 13 for the Bulldogs. â€śWe havenâ€™t been playing our type of basketball on the road.â€ť
Down the stretch Mississippi State had opportunities but couldnâ€™t get the stops it needed to close the game.