Two Rallies Not Enough for #23 MSU

No. 23 Mustangs Fall at Angelo State in Overtime

Steven Moore's free throw with 1.4 seconds to play in overtime was enough charity to lift Angelo State to an 82-81 win over Midwestern State Wednesday night at Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Moore arrived at the free throw line after he dribbled the length of the floor in the final 10 seconds of overtime, but ran over MSU's Darrick Thomas without a call before he scrambled for the rebound and was fouled by Scooby Van Buren to earn a trip to the line.

"That's not a call they are going to make at the end of the game," MSU coach Grant McCasland said. "It's probably a charge, but we had Scoob (Van Buren) and Keonte (Logan) there to scramble for the ball. (Moore) got it and Scoob raked his arm for the foul."

Moore, a senior transfer from Arkansas-Little Rock, made the first of two shots of the double bonus to secure the win for the Rams who improved to 5-8 on the season and 1-0 in South Division play.

The no-call soiled a gutsy comeback in the game's final 2:11 as the Mustangs erased an 8-point deficit with Angelo State building an 80-72 lead on a Moore free throw.

Chris Hagan, who finished with a game-high 32 points and seven assists, hit 3-of-4 free throws, found an open Van Buren for a 3-pointer, then canned a 25-footer from the top of the key to lock the game at 81-81 with 10 seconds to play.

The Mustangs constructed an 11-point lead in the first half on the strength of an 11-2 run as Michael Loyd hit a pair of 3-pointers including a four-point play to put MSU up 41-30 with 2:20 to play. The Mustangs would lead 41-34 at the break.

Midwestern maintained a 10-point advantage six minutes into the second half before foul trouble finally began to take effect.

"I don't feel our energy level was high enough defensively and they were able to get to the free throw line," McCasland said. "But you have to give them credit. They are very talented and found a way to win tonight. We didn't."

Led by a stellar 32-point, 16-rebound performance by senior forward Ridge McKeither, the Rams found their way to the line 52 times courtesy of 32 Midwestern fouls. Angelo converted 36 charity tosses and used the momentum to gain the lead at 59-58 on Richard Thomas' 3-pointer from the corner with 9:15 to play.

Angelo State led by as many as four points in regulation before Michael Loyd hit a running trey with 7.9 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime tied at 68-68.

Loyd finished the game with 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists while David Terrell scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.

Thomas also added a double-double for Angelo State, finishing with 21 points and 10 boards.

Midwestern State dropped its second straight game to fall to 12-3 and 0-1. The Mustangs play host to Abilene Christian Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Second Half Drought Too Much for MSU Women to Overcome

Midwestern State took a brief second half lead when Karissa Lang converted a fast break layup with 17:10 remaining.

But it would be the last field goal for the Mustangs over 12:07 stretch allowing Angelo State to roll off a 27-6 run on the way to a 74-62 Lone Star Conference South Division opening victory Wednesday night at Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

The loss extended MSU's skid to four games as the Mustangs fell to 4-9 overall and 0-1 in South Division play.

It also spoiled a career night by Midwestern senior forward Nolisha Markham.

The Tulsa native poured in a career-high 27 points as she completed her third double-double of the season with 12 rebounds as Markham connected on 10-of-20 shots from the field including three 3-pointers in 35 minutes of play.

She scored eight of the Mustangs' final 10 points in the opening half as MSU pulled to within 29-28 at the half.

Midwestern battled in the start of the second half as Markham hit the first of her three treys and a had a rebound and a putback before Lang's transition layup gave the Mustangs a brief 38-37 edge with 17:10 to go.

The Mustangs wouldn't score again until Skyler Warrick hit a 12-footer from the baseline with 5:03 to play to cut the Angelo State advantage to 64-48.

In between, the Belles worked for a 27-6 putaway run.

Angelo State was paced by senior guard Camille Perkins who dropped in 22 points while Paige Weishuhn and Karli Kellermeier added 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Senior guard Katiya Jackson joined Markham as the only other MSU player in double figures as the Burkburnett product added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists to go along with three steals and two blocks.

Midwestern State returns to action Saturday night against Abilene Christian at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.