MSU Hoops: Men Win, Women Fall in Double OT

The Midwestern State Mustangs ran their record to 3-0 on the season with a hard-fought 79-64 victory over the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys Friday in the Al Kaly Classic at Colorado State-Pueblo.

The Cowboys (0-1) won the opening tipoff and scored on the first possession, but the Mustangs countered with a Michael Loyd 3-pointer and never trailed again.

The Mustangs led by double digits in both halves, only to have the Cowboys answer the bell and trim the lead.

"I'm really pleased with the way our guys competed," said MSU Coach Nelson Haggerty.  "I felt we could have done a better job keeping it out of the lane especially late, but our guys fought and got a good hard-fought win tonight."

"We had some guys that hit some shots early and we just hung on," Haggerty added.

The Mustangs were paced by Loyd who pumped in 18 points to go with four rebounds and three assists.  JaMichael Rivers added 14 points with three boards, while Anthony Harris chipped in 11 points.  Thomas Colbert came off the bench with seven rebounds to lead the Mustangs.

Highlands got 19 points from Marcus Williams who also grabbed six rebounds with three assists.  He was the only Cowboy to record double-digits in scoring.  A.J. Shepard collected eight points, while Marquis Whitt grabbed seven rebounds.

The Mustang defense controlled the game, holding the Cowboys to just 37 percent from the floor and forcing 21 turnover that led to 30 MSU points.

"Our ball pressure was pretty good and forced them into several mistakes," Haggerty said.  "I'm glad we could take advantage of them."

The Mustangs shot 38 percent from the floor themselves, but hit 7-of-19 from the 3-point arc to control the contest.

The Mustangs take on Classic host Colorado State-Pueblo on Saturday night.  Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. Texas Time.

Women Fall to Central Missouri, 97-96 in Double OT

Midwestern State did everything but close out Central Missouri Friday night in the Ashbrook Classic.
The Jennies staved off deficits late in the second half and first overtime before Nicole Caddell put back her own miss with 0.9 seconds remaining to allow UCM to escape with a 97-96 win in double overtime.
Central Missouri's three-headed attack of Shaquandra Wiggins, Caddell and Saraethea Brown offset a career night by MSU senior guard Savannah Carver, who knocked down five 3-pointers on her way to a career-high 26 points.
And it appeared the Mustangs had sealed it when Carver connected on a free throw give the Mustangs an 81-74 lead with 1:27 to play.
But Caddell hit a driving layup and the Jennies stole the inbounds pass to set up a short jumper by Wiggins to pull the Jennies to within 83-81 with 30 seconds to play in regulation.
Kirsti Degelia connected on one of two charity tosses on the other end of the floor before Brown beat the buzzer for 3-pointer from the left wing to send the game to overtime tied at 84-84.
Midwestern jumped out to a quick lead in overtime as Carver nailed a trey from the left corner and freshman forward Andrea Carter knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Mustangs an 89-84 lead with 3:57 to go.
The teams exchanged jumpers before Wiggins hit a layup in traffic to pull UCM within 91-88 with 2:03 to go.
The Mustangs had chances to build the lead further, but missed three shots from the field and a pair of charity tosses allowing the Jennies to pull within 91-89 on a Taylor Hanson free throw with 9 seconds to play.
Once again, Caddell came up big for the Jennies by rebounding Hanson's ensuing miss and laying it back in to knot the game at 91-91 with 6 seconds to play.
MSU freshman Shatoia Gober sprinted down the floor and beat the buzzer with a 3-point attempt, but it rattled out to send the game to a second overtime.
Again, on the strength of a Skyler Warrick 3-pointer with 2:32 to go, the Mustangs took a 96-93 edge into the final minute of the period.
Wiggins would cut the lead to one on a driving layup and Caddell put back her own miss in the closing seconds to give the Jennies the win.
Wiggins finished with a game-high 34 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, while Caddell rolled up 25 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Brown knocked down four 3-pointers to finish with 18 points.
Carver paced a quartet of Mustangs in double figures and was joined by Warrick (13 points, 5 rebounds), freshman Dianna Jones (13 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists) and freshman Shatoia Gober (10 points, 7 rebounds).
Carter completed an all-around game with eight points, 13 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots.
Midwestern State (1-2) closes the Ashbrook Classic against No. 11 Washburn Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Central Missouri (2-0) takes on East Central (Okla.) at 5.