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Auburn snaps skid, beats Mississippi St 74-68 at SEC tourney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) K.C. Ross-Miller scored 21 points, and the Auburn Tigers beat Mississippi State 74-68 Wednesday night in the opener of the Southeastern Conference tournament snapping a couple different skids. The 13th-seeded Tigers (13-19) had lost six straight coming into the postseason, and they hadn't won in the SEC tournament since 2009. Now they will play No. 5 seed Texas...
Via AP on Fox
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers close regular season with 52-43 loss to Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Craig Sword had a game-high 15 points to lead Mississippi State to a 52-43 victory over Missouri in both team's regular-season finale. It was the Bulldogs' largest margin of victory in an SEC game this season. The Bulldogs (13-18, 6-12 Southeastern) also got nine points each from Gavin Ware and Demetrius Houston. Missouri (9-22, 3-14) was led by Keith Shamburger...
Via AP on Fox
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Mississippi State defeats Missouri 52-43

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Craig Sword had a game-high 15 points to lead Mississippi State to a 52-43 victory over Missouri in both team's regular-season finale. It was the Bulldogs' largest margin of victory in an SEC game this season. The Bulldogs (13-18, 6-12 Southeastern) also got nine points each from Gavin Ware and Demetrius Houston. Missouri (9-22, 3-14) was led by Keith Shamburger...
Via AP on Fox
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnson's career-best 28 leads South Carolina to 81-68 win

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Tyrone Johnson scored a career-high 28 points to lead South Carolina to an 81-68 win over Mississippi State on Saturday night. The Gamecocks (14-14, 5-11 Southeastern Conference) led for the final 37 minutes to break a two-game losing streak and climb into 11th place in the SEC. Mississippi State trailed by four with 17 minutes to go, but Laimonas Chatkevicius...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Karl-Anthony Towns follows amazing dunk with emphatic block on Craig Sword

Karl-Anthony Towns tried to replicate Michael Jordan’s famous dunk from the free throw line against Mississippi State. His get off ended up being on the SEC logo, which is still pretty impressive leaping for the 6-11, 250-pound freshman.     After posterizing Mississippi State, Craig Sword tried to return the favor against Towns, who was […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Kentucky-Mississippi St. Preview

Kentucky continues to overwhelm opponents as it chases college basketball's first undefeated season in 39 years. The top-ranked Wildcats head to Mississippi State on Wednesday night to face a Bulldogs team that might not stand much of a chance if it can't reduce its turnovers. Kentucky (27-0, 14-0 SEC) has matched the 1995-96 team's school-record 27-game winning streak, also tying...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mississippi State slowly rebuilding as No. 1 Kentucky looms

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State was the worst team in the Southeastern Conference last season. Now the program is simply mediocre. It's far from a miraculous turnaround, but the Bulldogs (12-15, 5-9 SEC) have slowly shown signs of improvement during their third season under coach Rick Ray. The past week was a synopsis of how much Mississippi State has progressed - and also...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 18 Arkansas' defense key in road win vs. Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Arkansas couldn't make any shots and struggled to grab rebounds, a two-part mix that usually results in a loss. Especially on the road. But the Razorbacks still had their defense. And after 40 minutes of pressure and fighting and clawing, they managed to claim their sixth straight victory. No. 18 Arkansas rallied to beat Mississippi State 65-61 on Saturday, holding...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 18 Arkansas beats Mississippi State 65-61

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Rashad Madden scored 16 points, Michael Qualls added 14 and No. 18 Arkansas rallied to beat Mississippi State 65-61 on Saturday. Arkansas (22-5, 11-3) held Mississippi State scoreless for more than 6 minutes late in the second half to take control. The Razorbacks have won six straight games. Mississippi State (12-15, 5-9) looked as if it had a good chance...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Arkansas-Mississippi St. Preview

Arkansas' pursuit of its first NCAA tournament berth in seven seasons appears in fine shape but the team is staying motivated. The 18th-ranked Razorbacks will try to extend their win streak to six games and secure their longest on the road in 13 seasons Saturday against Mississippi State. Barring a collapse down the stretch, Arkansas (21-5, 10-3) looks like it will head to its first...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mississippi tops Mississippi State 71-65

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Stefan Moody scored 29 points, including 24 of those on eight 3-pointers, to lead Mississippi over Mississippi State 71-65 on Thursday night. Ole Miss (18-8, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) won for just the second time in 17 years at Humphrey Coliseum and swept the season series against its in-state rival for the first time since 1998. Moody had his most impressive...
Via AP on Fox
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Mississippi State holds off Missouri

COLUMBIA, Miss. -- Roquez Johnson and Craig Sword scored 22 points apiece to help Mississippi State end a two-game losing streak with a 77-74 win over Missouri on Saturday. Despite holding an 11-point halftime lead, the Bulldogs (12-13, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) needed to convert all six of their free throws in the final minute to hang on against the Tigers, who lost their 11th...
Via AP on Fox
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mississippi State holds off Missouri 77-74

COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) Roquez Johnson and Craig Sword scored 22 points apiece to help Mississippi State end a two-game losing streak with a 77-74 win over Missouri on Saturday. Despite holding an 11-point halftime lead, the Bulldogs (12-13, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) needed to convert all six of their free throws in the final minute to hang on against the Tigers, who lost their...
Via AP on Fox
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mississippi State holds off Missouri

COLUMBIA, Miss. -- Roquez Johnson and Craig Sword scored 22 points apiece to help Mississippi State end a two-game losing streak with a 77-74 win over Missouri on Saturday. Despite holding an 11-point halftime lead, the Bulldogs (12-13, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) needed to convert all six of their free throws in the final minute to hang on against the Tigers, who lost their 11th...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mississippi State holds off Missouri

COLUMBIA, Miss. -- Roquez Johnson and Craig Sword scored 22 points apiece to help Mississippi State end a two-game losing streak with a 77-74 win over Missouri on Saturday. Despite holding an 11-point halftime lead, the Bulldogs (12-13, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) needed to convert all six of their free throws in the final minute to hang on against the Tigers, who lost their 11th...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida hosts No. 1 Kentucky in SEC this week

Things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week: GAME OF THE WEEK: Kentucky at Florida: Saturday's Kentucky-Florida matchup might not be quite as sexy as previous games between these two teams due to the Gators' struggles, but any meeting between the SEC's two heavyweight programs is worth watching. Florida swept three games with Kentucky last season, including a...
Via AP on Fox
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Sword, Mississippi State knock off Tennessee 71-66

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Craig Sword scored 26 points Tuesday as Mississippi State relied on sizzling 3-point shooting to beat Tennessee 71-66 and end its recent February misery. Mississippi State (11-11, 4-5 SEC) shot 55.8 percent (19 of 34) overall and 72.7 percent (8 of 11) from 3-point range to end a string of 16 consecutive February losses. The Bulldogs hadn't won a February game...
Via AP on Fox
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Mississippi State comes up big at the line, beats LSU 73-67

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Fred Thomas scored 18 points and Mississippi State made 13 of 14 free throws down the stretch, as the Bulldogs beat LSU 73-67 on Saturday. Mississippi State hit 11 of its first 21 free throws, but finished 23 of 35, with 7-of-7 shooting from Thomas. Craig Sword had 14 points for Mississippi State (10-11, 3-5 SEC), and Gavin Ware and I.J. Ready added 12 apiece...
Via AP on Fox
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Bulldogs Stymie Seminoles in Starkville

Florida State’s non-conference schedule ended in disappointment Friday night as Mississippi State held off the Seminoles 62-55 in a game that wasn’t decided until the final minute. Florida State trailed by as many as six in the second half, but used to a 6-0 run to draw even at 49 with just over five minutes to play. With Mississippi State leading 54-53 with just over a minute...
Via Noled Out
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

McNeese St. defeats Mississippi State 66-47

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) McNeese State shot 52 percent and made 8-of-17 three-pointers Tuesday as the Cowboys defeated Mississippi State 66-47 for their first-ever win in Starkville. McNeese State (6-5) got 20 points from Desharick Guidry to pace four Cowboys in double digits. Jamaya Burr had 13 for McNeese State while Austin Lewis and Matthew Moss had 12 and 11 points, respectively...
Via AP on Fox
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU hopes new talent, depth lead to improvement

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State has been hampered by injuries and attrition during Rick Ray's first two years as coach. Now the Bulldogs finally hope they have a full roster that can compete in the Southeastern Conference. A nucleus of three juniors - Craig Sword, Gavin Ware and Fred Thomas - will be the foundation of this year's Mississippi State team. Sword's 13.7 points...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Mississippi St. tops Texas A&M 81-72 in overtime

Craig Sword scored 23 points, Gavin Ware added 22 and Mississippi State beat Texas A&M 81-72 in overtime on Saturday. Mississippi State (12-5, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 52-42 deficit midway through the second half. Ware's crucial steal and putback tied the game at 67 with 30 seconds left. Texas A&M's Jamal Jones led the Aggies with 24 points, but he was...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mississippi State tops Mississippi 76-72

Roquez Johnson doesn't shoot particularly well, has no real post moves and is undersized for a power forward. But the 6-foot-7 junior does provide relentless energy. And many nights, that's enough to make him valuable. Johnson tied a career high with 20 points using his usual variety of putbacks and unorthodox moves around the basket, Craig Sword added 15 and Mississippi State...
Via AP on Fox
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Mississippi State tops South Florida 71-66

Fred Thomas scored 14 points and Gavin Ware had 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead Mississippi State past South Florida 71-66 in the third round of the Las Vegas Classic Sunday night. Also for the Bulldogs (9-2), which hit three free throws in the final 24 seconds to seal it, Colin Borchert had 11 points. Roquez Johnson and Craig Sword each had 10 for Mississippi State, which will...
Via AP on Fox
December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Mississippi State beats Florida Gulf Coast 66-53

Craig Sword scored 17 points, I.J. Ready added 12 and Mississippi State beat Florida Gulf Coast 66-53 on Thursday night. Mississippi State (8-2) has won three straight. The Bulldogs received plenty of help from their bench - with 10 points each from Fred Thomas and Roquez Johnson - outscoring Florida Gulf Coast's reserves 25-4. FGCU (5-6) has lost five of its last six games. Brett...
Via AP on Fox
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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