WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State's Chris Hagan might have been a little dinged up, but the senior guard proved he is just fine Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The 5-9 guard splashed in a team-high 16 points to lead the Mustangs to a 69-54 Lone Star Conference South Division win over No. 20 West Texas A&M.
MSU extended its home court winning streak to 39 games while improving to 15-4 on the season and to 4-2 in divisional play.
The Mustangs face a pair of pivotal matchups with Tarleton State for rivalry week next week. The Mustangs and Texans battle in Wichita Falls Wednesday night at 8 p.m. before making the return trip to Stephenville on Saturday.
MSU didn't take long to assert its will.
Junior forward David Terrell ignited a 19-5 run with a thunderous follow dunk on Hagan's missed floater two minutes into the game then converted a three-point play on the next possession .
The Mustangs continued to pound WT in the paint with a pair of conversions from Darrick Thomas and Thomas Colbert, then the perimeter shots started falling.
Hagan drilled a 25-foot 3-pointer then Michael Loyd canned a trey from the left wing to push the lead to 19-9.
Loyd then followed a Charlie Logan layup with a left-handed flush off of a steal as the Mustangs led 23-9 seven minutes into the contest.
The Buffs would work to within 29-22 on three-point play by Donnie Kidd with 5:29 remaining in the half, but MSU pushed the lead back to 41-28 at the intermission.
The game would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way as the Mustangs extended their advantage to a 22-point bulge on a Deuce Nichols layup to build a 56-34 advantage with 12:52 to play.
Michael Loyd connected on a pair 3-pointers to finish a solid all-around performance with 12 points, four rebounds and five assists.
Terrell added 11 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes, white Thomas added 10 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes.
LaDarius Hall poured in a game-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead West Texas A&M.
The Buffs fell to 16-3 overall and 3-3 in the LSC South.