The Midwestern State mens basketball team returned from the holiday break to find coal in their lockers, thanks to an 80-74 loss to the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles.

On a night that saw MSU forward Xavier Blackburn get career highs in points and rebounds (17pts, 16reb) and another three Mustangs score in double digits, the defense was bombarded by 11 three-point baskets by the Eagles. The loss drops MSU to 8-4 on the year.

"They (OKWU) outfought us to and around the ball," said Mustang head coach Nelson Haggerty. "We have to be able to win games when we don't shoot well."

Despite the four players in double-digits, MSU just 37% for the game and an ice cold 13% from beyond the arc. In contrast, the Eagles shot 45% from the field and an amazing 44% from downtown. Guard Tyler Woods led OKWU with 22 points.

Coach Haggerty was asked if the Mustangs had found their identity as a team heading into an important stretch of games. "No. Not yet. We are currently competing at 90%. We will get better, it's a long season that is just getting started."

The Mustangs return to action on January 4 at Texas A&M-Commerce in the first LSC conference game of the season. You can follow coverage of the Mustangs at www.msumustangs.com

(Box Score, MSU Mustangs)