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January 14th, 2012
Arnett Moultrie stole the show for the Mississippi State Bulldogs in their 56-52 win over Alabama on Saturday afternoon.
The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs see if the momentum from a big Southeastern Conference victory on the road carries over against one of the top teams in the nation today.
GALLMAN â€“ The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers had strong quarters in the second and third to get a 60-33 road victory against Copiah Academy Saturday afternoon.
CRAWFORD â€“ The East Oktibbeha boys basketball team's bid for a come from behind victory fell short Saturday night.
The Starkville Academy girls' basketball team got its 20th win of the season Friday night in front of a home crowd.
The Lady Volunteers got to 20 by winning by 20.
Starkville Academy beat the Presbyterian Christian Lady Bobcats 65-45.
It took the Lady Vols one quarter to get comfortable to the intensity level the Lady Bobcats played with.
"I felt like early we both got into the game and they made a run on us," SA head coach Glenn Schmidt said. "We fouled them like crazy. We couldn't catch Trista Magee. She is a pretty good player for them so we fouled her. It took us a minute to adjust."
The Lady Vols took a 14-12 lead into the second quarter. They made sure going into the locker room that it wasn't going to be that close.
The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets showed what a little bit of defensive intensity could do Friday night.
Starkville used a full-court pressure in the first half of the Class 5A, Region 3, District 4 outing and gained control of the situation early on the way to a 60-36 victory over the Yazoo City Lady Indians at the Beehive.
The Lady Jackets, who improved to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the division, gave head coach Kristie Williams exactly what she wanted to start the game.
"We wanted to start out with a great amount of intensity because it was a district game and we hadn't won one yet," Williams said. "We knew we had to go out and play tough against Yazoo because we didn't want to fall 0-3 in the district."
The Starkville Yellowjackets dropped a 50-47 heartbreaker to the Yazoo City Indians Friday night as a 3-point attempt from Steven Brand was off the mark with time expiring.
Starkville had the game in hand with 1 minute remaining only to surrender its four-point lead.
â€śWe had it right where we wanted it with about a minute to play and we just let it slip away,â€ť said SHS head coach Greg Carter whoâ€™s team fell to 14-3. â€śFrom about 45 seconds on, we just couldnâ€™t make a play.Â We didnâ€™t play smart at all. We had some foul calls go against us, but it shouldnâ€™t have come down to that.â€ť
There are no more divisions for Southeastern Conference basketball.
That doesn't mean that today's game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Crimson Tide, old SEC Western Division rivals, is any less important. The game tips at 3 p.m.
The Tide (13-3 overall, 2-0 SEC) enter Humphrey Coliseum riding a five-game win streak and fresh off a 69-53 dismantling of LSU on Wednesday night.
In that outing super sophomore, Trevor Releford, led Alabama with 20 points while Tony Mitchell picked up a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Dee Bost now has 167 steals in his Mississippi State career.
The 167th was a pretty important one on Thursday night.
Bost stole a pass with 6 seconds and converted a slam dunk on the other end to help the Bulldogs preserve a 62-58 win over the Tennessee Volunteers in the Southeastern Conference home opener.
Tennessee inbounded the basketball in the frontcourt with 11 seconds remaining down by two when Bost took the ball from Trea Golden, the hottest Vol on the floor, and capped the scoring with his dunk with 4 seconds remaining.
It was a turn of 180 degrees for the Mississippi State defense Thursday night in Humphrey Coliseum.
The Bulldogs only allowed Tennessee to score 58 points in a 62-58 victory, which was better than the 98 points the Arkansas Razorbacks scored on them Saturday night in Fayetteville.
"Our defense didn't cross the Mississippi (River) going to Arkansas," MSU head coach Rick Stansbury said. "But I didn't panic because they were the only ones to score more than 75 against us. We did better tonight."
The Volunteers came in averaging 74.5 percent points per game. It was pretty obvious by halftime that UT was not going to reach its season average. They scored only 27 points in the first half.