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Good afternoon, Stark Vegas: Recapping a busy weekend

There was tons of action in the world of State sports the past few days.

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Good afternoon, Stark Vegas! This past weekend was filled with Mississippi State games, so let’s get to it!

Women’s Basketball defeats Ole Miss and Vanderbilt

The Lady Bulldogs defeated Ole Miss on Thursday 80-66. Anriel Howard and Jordan Danberry led the way with 21 and 20 points, respectively. The game was in Oxford, so it was good for MSU to grab a win and go to 24-2 (12-1 SEC) on the year.

On Sunday, State survived what was called an ugly contest against Vanderbilt 86-70. Vandy shot 56.9 percent from the field, but Teaira McCowan, Howard and Andra Espinoza-Hunte each scored 20 or more points to move to 25-2 (13-1 SEC).

Women’s Tennis falls to South Florida

Although the No. 1 doubles team won 6-0, only Emma Antonaki won her singles match. The team falls to 9-3 and opens up SEC play on Friday against South Carolina.

Baseball takes series against Southern Mississippi in walk-off fashion

After dropping the first game 1-0 in 10 innings, the Bulldogs won 8-1 in the second game and then took the series with a 4-3 win on Sunday. Tanner Allen had a two-out RBI double to win the heated series. A good win against the No. 21 team in the country heading into this series.

Softball sweeps through weekend slate

The Lady Bulldogs defeated Georgia Tech twice, 4-2 and 9-0 (5 innings), and Southeastern Louisiana 4-3 (9 innings) to improve to 10-3 in the 2019 season. They play Georgia Tech again today, with first pitch at 3 p.m.

Men’s Tennis beats Oklahoma

No. 9 Mississippi State swept aside No. 21 Oklahoma 4-2 on Saturday. Through 10 games, the team is 8-2 and remains in the top 10 nationally.

“I’m just really happy with all three doubles teams,” head coach Matt Roberts told MSU Athletics. “Singles was unreal for us. The guys have a lot of resiliency and grit right now. I was really happy with how we competed in the heat and played tough outdoor tennis. I’m really proud of them.”

Next for them is Vanderbilt in the SEC opener.

Men’s Basketball comes back to beat South Carolina

Down 16 in the first half, the Bulldogs erased the deficit and won 76-61. I’m no math major, but that’s a 31-point swing (!!). That’s pretty incredible and shows the maturity of State men’s basketball. A loss would’ve set them back a few steps, but the team doesn’t have to worry about that. Reggie Perry had 21 points and six rebounds, Quinndary Weatherspoon added 17 points and Lamar Peters had 11.

Ben Howland’s boys host Mizzou next in Stark Vegas. The team is now 20-7 (8-6 SEC) and received 28 votes in the most recent AP Poll (that would put MSU at No. 29).

Have a good day and Hail State!