Chris Hagan just wasn't going to let Midwestern State lose Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The senior guard poured in 22 of his game-high 36 points in the first half to lead the Mustangs to an 83-59 Lone Star Conference South Division win over Angelo State.
The Mustangs can clinch a spot in next week's Lone Star Conference Championship in Bartlesville, Okla. with a win at Abilene Christian or if Angelo State falls at home to Tarleton State on Saturday.
The Mustangs and Wildcats tip off at 7 p.m. Saturday at Moody Coliseum.
Hagan fell one shy of Nolan Richardson's single-game mark for made 3-pointers with six makes in the first half and three more in the second for a total of nine, as the Mustangs used a 19-0 run late in the first half to take control of the contest and lead 45-29 at the intermission.
Angelo State's Richard Thomas tallied 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half, but it was not enough to make it contest even paired with the Rams' 14-7 edge in foul calls.
The Mustangs made it a laugher by pushing the advantage to a commanding 28 points after Darrick Thomas slammed home his second dunk of the contest, then David Terrell delivered the highlight of the night with a thunderous follow dunk of a rare Hagan miss.
MSU would lead 80-52 when Hagan converted a four-point play with 2:40 to go.
Senior Charlie Logan, who finished with a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds, even connected his lone career 3-pointer with 1:15 to go before leaving to a rousing hometown ovation.
Darrick Thomas pitched in 10 points and five rebounds, while Terrell added nine points and seven rebounds.
Midwestern clinched its 28th 20-win season to improve to 20-7 while Angelo State fell to 11-14 and 7-6.
The Mustangs would clinch a No. 2 seed with a win over ACU and if Eastern New Mexico beats West Texas A&M Saturday in Portales. If the Buffs and Mustangs win, MSU goes in as the No. 3 seed.
If MSU is the No. 2 seed, they will play Thursday, March 3 at noon at Bruin Fieldhouse in Bartlesville. If they are the No. 3 seed, they will play at 6 PM that evening.