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MSU Mustangs Roll Past Ouachita Baptist, 73-51

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Midwestern State guard DeJuan Plummer (2) goes to the basket on Ouachita Baptist guard Allen Buchanan (23) in the first half during a men’s NCAA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas. (Matt Strasen/Special Contributor)

The Midwestern State Mustangs haven’t played a game in two full weeks, but no rust was evident in a nice 73-51 win over the Ouachita Baptist Tigers on Tuesday night.

MSU improved to 8-2 on the season behind a team effort that saw every eligible player score for the Mustangs.

“It was pretty impressive. A great team win in game that we guarded well and broke the game open with our defense. It’s nice to have every one score, but they contributed in a lot of other ways, too,” said Mustangs head coach Nelson Haggerty.

The first half was dominated by the great play of MSU guard Monzaigo Williams who poured in 16 points in the first frame. Williams slowed the scoring in the second half, but added in 4 more rebounds and 4 more assists. Rebounding was key for MSU in the second half.

“We were only up by 2 boards at the half. I stressed that we had to box out better and get to the ball. The guys responded and we opened it up in the second,” said Haggerty.

MSU ended up out rebounding the Tigers 27-15 in the second half. The Mustangs ended the game +22 in the rebound column. Another impressive stat for the Mustangs – just 11 turnovers for the game.

The Mustangs hit the road before the holidays, traveling to Las Vegas for the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic where they will face West Florida and Cal State San Bernardino. Those games will take place on December 21 and 22. MSU returns home on New Year’s Day to face Oklahoma Wesleyan at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

(Box Score, MSU Mustangs)

 

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