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January 6th, 2012
CRAWFORD â€“ The East Oktibbeha Titans were able to show their might in the second half Friday night.
Even though Ethel held its own for the first half in boys basketball action against East Oktibbeha, the Titans dominated in the second half on their way to a 64-50 victory.
The Tigers took a 31-28 lead into the locker room at halftime and East Oktibbeha coach Barnett Robinson lit a fire under his squad during the intermission.
"I told them we just needed to do better than what we were doing," Robinson said. "We were playing very flat at halftime. I told them at halftime we just needed to pick it up, slow down and cut down on our mistakes. Do what we were supposed to do."
The Mississippi State Bulldogs will launch the Southeastern Conference portion of their schedule on Saturday.
MSU, which has started 13-2 this season, travels to Arkansas to face the 11-3 Razorbacks, and unlike the recent past, the Bulldogs have positioned themselves nicely heading into their so-called second season with room for improvement.
â€śI think there's a lot of room for improvement with this (team), probably a lot more than some of the other teams I've had going into this time,â€ť said Mississippi Stateâ€™s head coach Rick Stansbury. â€śSome other teams I've taken into this time of the year, you didn't have that level of improvement left.
The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs held LSU to its lowest point total ever in Starkville.
Unfortunately, the the Lady Bulldogs couldn't take advantage of the off night offensively by the Lady Tigers.
LSU out-scored MSU 14-2 down the stretch and earned a 53-48 victory at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs held the Lady Tigers to 32 percent shooting (20-of-62) from the field, but could only manage a little bit better at 35 percent (20-of-58).
"We were passive offensively," MSU coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said. "We had a long talk that Diamber needs to drive more and make some things happen. We didn't attack."
Faster and stronger. That's how Mississippi State point guard Diamber Johnson describes women's basketball in the Southeastern Conference.
As the Lady Bulldogs open SEC play against the LSU Lady Tigers tonight at Humphrey Coliseum, Johnson has been trying to send a message to her younger teammates about how tough it's going to be.
"We're going to have to be mobile with it, more patient and get on the same page," Johnson said about what MSU needs to do to have success when it tips off against LSU at 7 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs completed the non-conference slate with a 10-3 record and just finished a difficult road trip to close 2011.
After losing a decision to Oklahoma State in the Peppermill Classic in Reno, Nev., MSU women's coach Sharon Fanning-Otis watched her team rally against the host team Nevada to pull out a victory.
It didn't take long for Jennifer Minor to get adjusted to life at a small college.
No one should have expected the Southeastern Conference to go undefeated during the 2011-12 college football bowl season.
It was good news, bad news, for Mississippi State Tuesday.
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MATHISTON â€“ The Ethel boys basketball team never gave up after trailing by 16 points at one time to East Webster.
DEKALB â€“ The Starkville Academy Volunteers overcame a 10-point deficit in the first quarter to collect a win.
The Volunteers out-lasted Kemper Academy 62-46 on Tuesday night.