MSU Roundup: Hoops Sweep Cameron

MEN'S HOOPS: No. 13 Midwestern floors Aggies, 66-51

Brothers Michael and Kevin Loyd combined for 25 points to lead No. 13 Midwestern State to a 66-51 rout of Cameron Saturday afternoon at Aggie Gym.

The win gave the Mustangs as a series sweep of CU in the Red River Rivalry as MSU improved to 15-1 on the season and to 8-1 in Lone Star Conference play.

The Aggies, who were riding high with an eight-game winning streak coming into the week, fell to 10-5 on the season and to 7-3 in league play.

Cameron got the best of play in the early going surging out to a 19-10 lead when Milton Garner banged in his first 3-pointer of the game with 6:48 to go in the opening half.

But Garner, who enjoyed a 28-point performance earlier in the week against the Mustangs, would be limited to 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting the rest of the way as the MSU would take over.

The field goal as the last in the first half for Cameron as Midwestern used defensive might to construct a 15-2 lead and take a 25-21 edge into the intermission after DeJuan Plummer beat the buzzer with a runner in the lane.

Cameron would claw back to within a point twice in the second half at 29-28 on a pair of Garner free throws at the 16:19 mark and to within 38-37 on a Garner jumper with 11:21 to play.

But Kevin Loyd used a pair of 3-pointers to keep the Mustangs ahead before Plummer connected on a pair of free throws and was credited with a transition bucket via basket interference to start a 7-0 run with 7:00 to play as the Mustangs outscored the Aggies 16-4 over the final six minutes of the contest.

Senior forward David Terrell added 13 points and nine rebounds for MSU, while Thomas Colbert had six points and 11 rebounds and Plummer pitched in nine points off of the bench.

Desmond Henry added 13 points and eight rebounds to join Garner as the only CU players in double figures.

Midwestern State takes on Texas A&M-Commerce Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

WOMEN'S HOOPS: Carver, Mustangs sweep past Cameron, 65-58

Senior Savannah Carver poured in a career-high 27 points to lead Midwestern State to a 65-58 win over Cameron in Lone Star Conference action Saturday afternoon at Aggie Gym.

The Mustangs improved to 13-3 overall and to 9-1 in Lone Star Conference play while extending their longest winning streak since 2000-01 to nine games. MSU also snapped the Aggies' 8-game home court winning streak.

Carver kept Midwestern close early in the second half as she scored eight of the Mustangs' first 10 points of the half. The Amarillo native would finish the game shooting 8-of-19 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. She also fell a board short of her first double-double of the season with nine rebounds.

But it was freshman guard Dianna Jones who gave MSU the nudge it needed late in the second half as the Waco Midway High product connected on a 3-pointer and converted a steal into a layup as part of a 12-2 run as the Mustangs worked a 47-46 deficit into a 58-49 lead on Jones' layup with 6:17 to play.

Midwestern wore down the Aggies who managed to shoot 26.7-percent in the second half as the Mustangs limited Cameron leading scorer Julie Paunovic to seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.

Carver was the only MSU player to score in double figures, but the Mustangs also got solid contributions from senior Jazman Patterson (9 points, 6 rebounds), Jones (7 points, 6 rebounds) and senior Cierra Thompson (6 points, 6 rebounds).

Midwestern is enjoying is best start since the 2002-03 was 12-3 and have won 12 of the last 13 for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

The Mustangs play host to Texas A&M-Commerce Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

FOOTBALL: Silatolu set to compete in 2012 Senior Bowl

Midwestern State's Amini Silatolu leads a group of highly touted prospects from non-FBS schools that look to join the likes of Senior Bowl legends Walter Payton and Ed "Too Tall" Jones as players that used the annual senior showcase event as a launching pad into their professional careers.

Silatolu and North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins are the lone representatives in the game from NCAA Division II and are joined by Furman cornerback Ryan Steed, Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick, Massachusetts tight end Emil Igwenagu and Cal Poly cornerback Asa Jackson from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.

All six players have officially accepted invitations to the senior showcase event, it was announced today. The 2012 Senior Bowl is set for 3pm (Central Time) on Saturday, Jan. 28th in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.

"We have a great history of players that arrived in Mobile as little-known prospects from smaller schools and eventually went on to huge success in the National Football League," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "We feel that this group has the potential to really shine in the national spotlight here in Mobile and we're excited about watching them compete alongside the nation's elite."

Silatolu (pronounced Sill-uh-TOE-lou), Midwestern State's very first Senior Bowl participant, was a consensus first-team All-American this season and the first player in Midwestern State history to repeat as an Associated Press Little All-American and first to earn AFCA All-America honors, achieving that feat each of the last two seasons. The left tackle was part of an offensive unit that led Division II in total offense (531.9 ypg) and scoring offense (48.6 ppg) in 2011. He also helped pave the way for Keidrick Jackson to rush for 1,058 yards and 18 touchdowns and was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second-straight season.