MSU Roundup: Silatolu Named All-American

Senior left tackle Amini Silatolu became the first Midwestern State player to earn American Football Coaches' Association Division II Coaches' All America honors last season.

He repeated the honor when the organization released its annual postseason honors Tuesday afternoon.

Silatolu anchored the best offensive front unit in Midwestern State history this season. The unit paved the way for the nation's top offensive attack which led NCAA Division II with 531.9 yards per game of total offense and in scoring at 48.6 points per game.

The line surrendered just nine sacks in 11 games as the Mustangs ranked second in the country averaging 323.5 rushing yards a contest.

The 6-3, 320-pounder from Tracy, Calif. is easily the most decorated players in Midwestern football history.

Silatolu earned All-America honors from the Associated Press, AFCA, Daktronics and following his junior season of 2010 and was a unanimous preseason pick coming into 2011.

The two-time Lone Star Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year was named a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award presented to the top line in NCAA Division II earlier this month.

Silatolu is one of six players from Super Region Four to earn AFCA honors joining Washburn quarterback Dane Simoneau, Missouri Southern defensive lineman Brandon Williams, Abilene Christian defensive lineman Aston Whiteside, Northwest Missouri linebacker Chad Kilgore, Pittsburg State linebacker Nate Dreiling, East Central defensive back Dontae Smith and Missouri Western place kicker Greg Zuerlein.

Men's Basketball Up to #23 in Poll

Midwestern State bumped ahead one spot to No. 23 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches' Division II Poll released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs improved to 7-0 for the second time in the last three seasons with a rousing 65-61 come-for-behind win Monday night at Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Midwestern is just one of 14 remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division II and is the only team to advance to the Elite Eight in each of the last two seasons.

MSU improved to 2-0 in the Lone Star Conference for just the fifth time since joining the league in 1996-97.

The Mustangs are of eight teams from the rugged South Central Region to receive mention in the poll which also includes No. 7 Missouri Southern, No. 12 Tarleton State (Texas) and No. 15 Fort Hays State (Kan.) while Northwest Missouri, West Texas A&M and Southwestern Oklahoma are receiving votes.

Midwestern returns to action Wednesday against Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Mustangs return to the dome Saturday against Texas A&M-Kingsville before playing host to Abilene Christian on Monday.

Rivers Named LSC Offensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State's JaMichael Rivers copped Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors Tuesday afternoon when the league announced its weekly awards.

The 6-5 junior from Tuscaloosa, Ala. poured in a season-high 30 points to lift the 24th-ranked Mustangs to a thrilling 65-61 win over Angelo State Monday night at Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Rivers drilled consecutive treys as part of a 10-2 run to help the Mustangs erase a 53-41 deficit with 8:15 to play.

He scored 21 second-half points including 12 in the final eight minutes to help MSU roll to 7-0 for the eighth time in school history.

Cameron senior Thomas Razor earned top defensive honors after leading the Aggies to conference wins over Abilene Christian and Angelo State.

Midwestern State returns to action Wednesday night against Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.