There is never any solace in a loss. That's one thing for sure.
But, one thing is for certain, it takes a great team to come into a No. 4-ranked team in the nation's house and overcome 38 fouls to push the league leading Tarleton State Texans to the brink.
That's just what No. 10-ranked Midwestern State did Saturday night before falling 79-75 to fall to 16-2 on the season and to 9-2 in league play.
Junior forward Anthony Harris pulled the Mustangs back from a seven-point deficit as he scored seven points in an 11-3 run as MSU took a 70-67 lead with 1:50 to go.
That's when attrition finally caught up to the Mustangs as senior forward David Terrell (13 points, 5 rebounds), senior forward Darrick Thomas and senior forward Thomas Colbert fouled out after playing a combined 44 minutes to severely hamper MSU's front court rotation.
Tarleton State turned the charity into a 10-of-13 made free throws down the stretch as the Texans reclaimed the lead on Fabian Wilson's three-point play with 1:01 to play.
Harris took up the front court slack by scoring a team-high 20 points and pulling down eight rebounds in 27 minutes, while senior guard MIchael Loyd logged 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Senior guard Shedrick Haynes paced the Texans with a game-high 26 points and was joined in double figures by Chris Harrell (19 points) and Wilson (18 points, 8 rebounds).
Tarleton State connected on 37-of-48 charity tosses (77.1 percent) while the Mustangs went 17-of-29 (58.6 percent).
The Mustangs finished the night shooting 49.8 percent from the field and knocked eight 3-pointers.
Midwestern hits the road to take on Abilene Christian Tuesday night at Moody Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
But the TexAnns proved to be too much in the paint coming away with a 77-62 win to end MSU's 10-game winning streak.
Midwestern falls to 14-4 on the season and to 10-2 in league play after suffering its first loss since falling to Angelo State on Dec. 12.
Tarleton's inside combination of Kiara Wright (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Shanae Lowrance (13 points, 5 rebounds) helped the TexAnns to a 54-26 total advantage in the paint and senior guard Shelby Adamson tallied many of her team-high 20 points and five assists at the end of the shot clock.
The Mustangs came out of the gates firing as Cierra Thompson hit the first of her two 3-pointers as MSU scored seven consecutive points to take the early 7-2 lead with 17:39 to go in the first half.
Thompson would finish a board shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds, but the TexAnns answered with an 18-2 run over the 4:03 to take a 20-9 advantage on an Adamson drive with 13:19 to go until overtime.
The Mustangs battled back to within 43-42 on Thompson's second trey of the ball game with 16:24 to go in the second half. That's as close as it would get.
MSU sophomore guard Kirsti Degelia paced a group of starters in double figures for the Mustangs with 15 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the free throw lie, while senior Savannah Carver added 12 points and four rebounds and Jazman Patterson was credited with 10 points and a pair of boards.
Freshman Andrea Carter had a solid performance off of the bench with five points and eight rebounds as MSU controlled a 34-32 advantage on the glass.
Midwestern State hits the road to take on Abilene Christian Tuesday night at Moody Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Tarleton State improved to 15-5 on the season and to 12-0 in LSC play.