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MEN'S HOOPS: #10 Mustangs use quick start to bury Texas A&M-Commerce, 69-50

No. 10 Midwestern State got off to a quick start and never trailed in taking a 69-50 win over Texas A&M-Commerce in Lone Star Conference play Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The win was the 10th straight under the dome and the third consecutive since the Mustangs suffered their lone loss of the season at Eastern New Mexico 10 days ago.

MSU built its best start in school history to 16-1 while improving to 9-1 in league play which sets up a showdown with LSC leading Tarleton State Saturday night in Stephenville. The Texans marched to 18-1 on the season and to 10-0 with a 65-62 win Wednesday night at Cameron.

The Mustangs never trailed for the first time since taking its season opener over Mid-America Christian on Nov. 11 as JaMichael Rivers canned a pair of early 3-pointers as MSU scored the first 15 points of the game and stretched the advantage to as many as 22 points and led 36-16 at the intermission.

Midwestern stretched the lead to 69-42 in the second before allowing the Lions to score the final eight points of the contest.

Rivers scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds in 23 minutes, while senior guard Michael Loyd narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes of court time.

The Mustangs shot 40.9 percent from the field and out-rebounded Texas A&M-Commerce 44-33 while enjoying a 24-6 edge in fast-break points.

Desmond King and Esteban Arriola notched 10 points to pace the Lions who fell to 6-12 on the season and to 1-9 in league play.

WOMEN'S HOOPS: Midwestern makes it 10 straight, cages Lions 74-58

Midwestern State's Savannah Carver splashed in 20 points to lead the Mustangs to their 10th-straight win Wednesday night as MSU took a 74-58 decision over Texas A&M-Commerce at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Its the first 10-game streak for the Mustangs since the 2000-01 season as the team improved on its best start as a member of NCAA Division II at 14-3. Midwestern remains a game behind Tarleton State for the Lone Star Conference lead at 10-1.

The Mustangs challenge the TexAnns for the conference lead Saturday night at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.

Carver combined with teammate Kirsti Degelia to give the Mustangs control of the game early as the two combined for each point of a 10-2 run to open a contest that MSU never trailed.

Texas A&M-Commerce closed to as close as a bucket midway through the half before MSU expanded the lead with another 13-2 lead near the end of the half as the Mustangs led 41-24 when Lisa Hampton bombed in her lone trey of the game from the left corner with 1:29 to play.

The Lions, who were paced by Breanna Harris' 14-point, 9-rebound effort, battled back to close within nine points with 5:17 to play in the second half but could get no closer.

Midwestern took advantage of a big edge on free throw line by connecting on 30-of-42 shots from the charity stripe as Degelia went 11-for-12 to finish with 15 points and five rebounds while freshman Dianna Jones hit 7-of-10 to close with nine points.

Senior forward Cierra Thompson led MSU's efforts on the rebounds with five points and nine rebounds, while Jazman Patterson added six points and six rebounds.

Texas A&M-Commerce dropped its 13th-straight contest to fall to 1-16 on the season and to 0-11 in league play.

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