Hagan's Big Night Leads MSU to Victory

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.

Newschannel 6 will be with the Mustangs in Bartlesville as they go for a third straight Lone Star Conference championship!