Midwestern State was looking for a boost Wednesday night at Steinke Center as the Mustangs were without the services of All-America guard Chris Hagan.
MSU needed to look no further than the Loyd brothers as Kevin and Michael combined for 34 points to lift the Mustangs to a 72-57 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville to snap a three-game road skid.
"The Kevin and Mike Loyd combination was awesome," MSU coach Grant McCasland said. "Kevin was particularly big tonight. He guarded the other team's best player and he's so solid and just doesn't make mistakes. I'm really glad for him."
Kevin, a 5-9 transfer guard from Grambling State, buried four 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 20 points and dished out four assists while limiting TAMUK leading scorer Antwan Mullins to seven points on 3-of-11 shooting to provide the difference for the Mustangs.
Michael Loyd added 14 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes off of the bench while adding a blocked shot and a steal.
"Mike had his moments where he was special tonight," McCasland said.
The Mustangs turned up the defensive intensity in the second half limiting the Hoggies to 33.3 percent shooting and took control of the contest for good midway through the final period.
Texas A&M-Kingsville had erased a 10-point first half lead to close to within 32-30 at the intermission, then surged to within 42-41 when Reid Wallace knocked down a trey from the top of the key with 13:37 to play.
That's when Michael Loyd sparked a 10-1 run with a jumper, and the Mustangs added consecutive fast break layups by Deuce Nichols and Darrick Thomas, before Thomas Colbert converted a move in the paint to re-post MSU to a 52-42 lead with 9:09 to play.
The Mustangs' gang of forwards combined for 27 rebounds as Midwestern dominated the Hoggies by a 44-20 margin on the glass to secure the win.
"Our forwards are awesome," McCasland said. "We don't have a low block scorer, but the combinations we can put out there are daunting for our opponents."
Senior Charlie Logan headlined the quartet, going 6-for-8 from the field to finish with 12 points and six rebounds. Fellow starter David Terrell added five points, six rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes.
Junior Darrick Thomas continued his stellar play off of the bench with six points and nine rebounds while Thomas Colbert chipped in two points and six rebounds.
Texas A&M-Kingsville was paced by Ricky Simon who netted 12 points off of the bench while Reid Wallace connected on three treys to finish with 11.
Midwestern State, who improved to 15-4 on the season and 3-2 in the LSC South, play host to No. 19 West Texas A&M Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. or 25 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game which begins at 5.