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In the first two "big tests" for Mississippi State, they didn't answer the bell like Rick Ray would have liked.
That was not the story Thursday night.
The Bulldogs knocked off the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 66-53 inside Humphrey Coliseum in front of 5,902 fans.
"I thought this was a really good win for our ball club against a really quality opponent," MSU head coach Rick Ray said.
Savannah Carter never backs down from a challenge.
Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer usually puts Carter, defensively, on the best offensive player from the other team.
Carter and the Bulldogs will see a talented point guard tonight when the Southeastern Louisiana Lions invade Humphrey Coliseum for a 7 p.m. game.
When Geoff Collins looks at the film of the Rice offense, he sees a similarity to what he sees on a week-to-week basis.
The Mississippi State defensive coordinator was very complimentarily of the Owls' offense, a Conference USA squad.
"They have Southeastern Conference players," Collins said matter-of-factly after Thursday night's practice.
Travis Outlaw may be busy playing basketball on the West Coast right now, but it didn't stop him from continuing the theme of giving back to his community.
Kristie Williams says her Starkville Lady Yellowjackets team is really starting to come together.
â€śWe are starting to gel more as a team and that is great because everybody knows Blair Schaefer and Imane Montgomery, but we also have other players who are willing to step up and do their part,â€ť Williams said. â€śSometimes they donâ€™t have the same notoriety, but they work just as hard.â€ť
Mississippi State's Tyson Cunningham has fond memories of the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Classic.
While playing for coach Sammy Smith at Columbus High School, Cunningham remembers the fun atmosphere that was created for basketball this time of the year.
Starkville High School quarterback Princeton Jones was rewarded for the progress he made last season as he was recognized as the Quarterback of the Year in Class 6A, Region 2.
With all of the talent that can be found at quarterback in the region, coach Jamie Mitchell of the Jackets was happy that Jones was considered the best.
The Rice Owls haven't really been on the mind of the Mississippi State Bulldogs in bowl practice until Wednesday.
The MSU coaching staff finally started to put in some gameplan at practice and get the Bulldogs accustomed to the Owls.
For the defensive line, they came out with a good mindset and defensive line coach David Turner noticed.
It is that time of year where charity is on the mind of a good many people.
The holiday season and Christmas brings out the best of people and many see it as an opportunity to give to others
The Mississippi State Bulldogs were lucky enough to on the receiving end of some charity Tuesday night.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team will have a pretty good record by the end of the week if it can finish off a sweep of Sunshine State competition.
It was a start in that direction for the Bulldogs on Tuesday night as they defeated the Florida Atlantic Rattlers 78-65 at Humphrey Coliseum.