No. 23 Midwestern State head into the Christmas Break with a 10-0 record after blasting Abilene Christian 74-62 in Lone Star Conference play Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Junior forward Anthony Harris' all-around performance with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots led the way for the Mustangs.
Abilene Christian (5-6, 0-4) battled back from a 15-point first-half deficit to take a brief lead when Antonio Bell hit a hanging jumper in the paint to give the Wildcats a 38-37 lead with 18:49 to play.
But the Mustangs answered with a resounding 10-2 run spurred by back-to-back transition layups by junior guard JaMichael Rivers to take a 47-40 lead with 15:26 to go. Rivers finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 23 minutes.
The Wildcats crept back within four points before MSU pushed the lead back to a game-high 12 points when Kevin Loyd's 3-ball from the right wing staked the Mustangs to a 62-50 lead with 6:26 to play.
David Terrell pitched in 12 points on mixture of lob passes and baseline cuts. He finished the night going 6-for-7 from the field to go along with four rebounds and two assists.
The hot-shooting Mustangs fired in 16-of-27 shots (59.3 percent) in the second half to finish the game at 53.3 percent.
Michael Loyd added 10 points and six assists, while junior guard Kevin Grayer added seven points in 15 minutes off of the bench.
Zach Williams paced Abilene Christian with 15 points and four rebounds, while Antonio Bell had 11 points and three assists.
Midwestern State returns to action against Oklahoma Wesleyan on Friday, Dec. 30. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Midwestern State committed a season-low eight turnovers to overcome a brutal shooting night and come away with a 64-57 Lone State Conference win Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
It was the fourth-straight win for the Mustangs, who go into the Christmas break at 7-3 on the season and to 4-1 in league play.
Midwestern returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 4 against Central Oklahoma. Tipoff at D.L. Ligon Coliseum is set for 6 p.m.
Abilene Christian took advantage of MSU shooting 10-of-33 (30.3 percent) in the opening half to take a slim 26-24 lead into the intermission on the strength of a pair of Sarah Reno free throws with 51 seconds to play.
The Mustangs didn't shoot any better after halftime -- 10-of-34 (29.4 percent), but outhustled the Wildcats, who were playing without leading scorer Mack Lankford.
Midwestern converted 21 turnovers into 16 points and outworked the taller Wildcats for 23 offensive boards for a 13-2 edge in second-chance points.
Savannah Carver, who finished with a team-high 12 points, tallied three points and assisted a Cierra Thompson layup during a 9-1 run late in the second half as MSU extended a 40-39 lead to 51-42 with 4:46 to play.
The Wildcats scrapped back to within two points on a pair of Renata Marquez charity tosses with 1:27 to play, but MSU knocked down 5-of-6 free throws - four by Dianna Jones - to preserve the victory.
Thompson added 12 points and five rebounds for the Mustangs while Jones had 10 points and four rebounds off of the bench.
Paige Parliament and Cecilee Perez had 12 points each to lead Abilene Christian which fell to 4-5 on the season and to 1-4 in LSC play.