LSC Tourney Update: MSU Men Advance, Women Take Tough Loss In OT
It was an up and down day for MSU Mustang fans who made the trip to the Allen Event Center to watch their teams play in the Lone Star Conference tournament semi-finals. The MSU men started the day off well with a win vs Angelo State, while the ladies played great in an overtime lossto West Texas A&M.
MSU Women Get Edged In Overtime By West Texas A&M
The MSU women's team played a fantastic game against rival West Texas A&M, eventually falling in overtime 86-85. The Mustangs must now wait for a Sunday evening NCAA regional selection show to determine if they get to keep their season alive.
The game, which featured 19 different lead changes, kept the fans and players on edge. MSU junior forward Andrea Carter was brilliant for the Mustangs. Carter scored 29 points and secured 12 rebounds while going an impressive 12-for-13 from the FT line.
West Texas countered Carter's great night with a highlight game as well. WTAMU center Chontiquah White exploded for 32 points and 11 rebounds. The Lady Buffs were also aided by PG Casey Land's 20 points and 5 steals.
The Mustangs had 3 other players finish in double-digits, including senior guard Kirstie DeGelia, scoring 11 points. "I love this team. This (game) hurts, but I know we left everything on the floor," said Degelia.
The Mustangs had one last shot for the win in the overtime session. With 2.9 seconds on the clock, MSU was awarded the ball on a change of possession after MSU's Shatoia Gober tied up a rebound with WT's Jordan Vessels. The Mustangs had to go the length of the floor, trailing by one. The inbounds pass went to Gober, she dribbled 2/3 of the way down the court and took a three point attempt from 35 feet. The ball hit the front of the iron and the game was over.
The LSC Championship match is now set, pitting West Texas A&M against Tarleton State. Tip-off is set for 2:30 Saturday.
MSU Men Bully Angelo State Rams, Earn Championship Fight With Tarleton
The Mustangs did not want another slow start in this LSC Championship, and MSU's Xavier Blackburn made sure that did not happen. The Mustangs took a lead just 5 minutes into the game and never looked back, crushing the Rams 82-63.
Xavier Blackburn led all scorers with 16 points and 5 rebounds. A spark for the Mustangs came from the bench in the form of 13 big points from DeJuan Plummer, including three 3-pointers.
The chances for the Rams seemed to disappear when senior forward Kenny Williams received back-to-back technical fouls for arguing a called foul with 13 minutes left in the game. The ejection removed the Ram's leading scorer from the game with just 9 points.
The victory for MSU sets up another classic matchup with longtime rival Tarleton State. The Texans advanced to the title game by defeating Texas A&M-Commerce 84-72.
Everything is split between MSU and Tarleton this season. In two games, each team has won on the road and both games have been decided by just two points. The Mustangs bring an eleven game winning streak to the LSC title game, which has featured MSU vs TSU for the last three years. The Mustangs are 6-1 all-time in Lone Star Conference title games.
Tip-off is set for 5:30pm Saturday from the Allen Event Center. Newstalk 1290 will have the recap right here following the contest.