MUSTANG HOOPS: MSU Men Beat West Texas A&M, MSU Women Fall To Lady Buffs
In Wednesday night Lone Star Conference action, Midwestern State University hosted West Texas A&M at D.L Ligon Coliseum. The MSU men won 74-63, but the women fell in overtime 87-77.
MSU WOMEN TAKE LADY BUFFS TO OVERTIME, LOSE 87-77
In the women’s contest, 13 turnovers plagued the Mustangs in the first period. Despite shooting 50% from the field for the half, MSU trailed at intermission 38-33.
The Mustangs regrouped in the second half, regaining the lead (49-48) at the 13:22 mark on a Diana Jones 3 point shot along with a free throw on the called foul.
Both teams traded buckets for much of the remainder of regulation until Diana Jones rattled in a game tying triple to end regulation 71-71.
In the overtime period, West Texas took control, outscoring the Mustangs 16-6 in the period. Lady Buff forward Devin Griffin (#2) was dominant all night, scoring a game-high points.
MSU falls to 14-9 overall and 6-6 in conference play. WTAMU improves to 20-1 overall and 11-0 in LSC play.
MUSTANGS HOLD A BLOCK PARTY AGAINST WT, BEAT BUFFS 74-63
The MSU Mustangs entered the game against West Texas A&M determined to make a strong defensive stand. They got just that, swatting away 10 Buffaloe shots in the game and holding WT to just 42% shooting on the night.
Xavier Blackburn and Tavarion Nix were a one-two punch for MSU in the first half. Blackburn poured in 10 points while Nix blocked 5 shots. Midwestern took a 30-24 lead into the half.
In second half action, MSU senior forward Eddie D’Haiti came to life, scoring 15 of his game-high 18 points in the second frame.
MSU as a team was red-hot from the floor and the charity stripe in the second half, shooting 57.7% from the field and going 12-16 from the FT line in the second half.
The Mustangs finished with four players scoring in double digits. The win also marks Midwestern’s 5th win in a row, matching a season high.
Midwestern State improved to 16-6 overall and 8-2 in LSC play. West Texas falls to 10-12 overall and 2-8 in conference action.