#9 Mustangs Outlast #5 Texans in Triple OT

Anthony Harris bombed in four 3-pointers as No. 9 Midwestern State outlasted No. 5 Tarleton State 80-75 in triple overtime Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs scored six consecutive points in the final overtime period to finally put away Fabian Wilson and the Texans.

Wilson, who finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation, beat the buzzer with a layup at the end of the first overtime and his free throws with 37 seconds to go in second overtime all extended the game for Tarleton, which fell to 21-3 on the season and to 12-2 in LSC play.

There were plenty of heroes for the Mustangs, who claimed their fifth straight win to improve to 21-2 on the season and took over the league lead at 14-2.

MSU overcome a 58-54 deficit in the first overtime with the help of Harris' fourth trey of the game before Keonte' Logan lined a shot from the right wing to give the Mustangs a 62-60 lead with 10 seconds to play. But Tarleton rushed the length of the floor to tie the game on Wilson's layup.

Midwestern faced another four-point deficit in the second overtime, but Logan nailed another big 3-ball from the top of the key and David Terrell converted a three-point play to put the Mustangs up 71-60 with 50 seconds to play. But once again Wilson tied the game on a pair of free throws to force a third overtime.

The Mustangs took control by scoring the first seven points of the period by going 5-for-6 at the charity stripe. JaMichael Rivers powered his way for a layup to help MSU take control with a 78-71 lead and hang on for the win.

It was the 13th consecutive home win for the Mustangs, who avenged a loss to the Texans earlier this month in Stephenville. MSU has won 54 of its last 55 under the Dome.

Harris paced the Mustangs with 20 points and eight rebounds and was joined by four others in double figures, including Terrell (11 points, 5 rebounds), Darrick Thomas (10 points, 10 rebounds), Michael Loyd (10 points, 7 assists) and Rivers (10 points). Logan finished a solid all-around performance with nine points, seven assists and four rebounds.

Wes Dipprey added 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Texans.

Midwestern State returns to action Saturday against Central Oklahoma at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Women Come Up Short vs TexAnns

The Midwestern State Mustangs saw the Tarleton State TexAnns go on a 7-0 run in the final minute and 15 seconds to beat MSU 66-61 Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs (18-5, 14-3) had climbed out of an 11-point hole in the second half to build a three-point 60-57 lead with 1:54 to play after Karissa Lang hit a pair of free throws.

But the TexAnns (18-6, 15-1) canned four free throws by Shelby Adamson while the Mustangs got one of two from Savannah Carver to see the game tied at 61-all with a minute left.

The Mustangs turned the ball over on the next two possessions leading to Tarleton State points, and the TexAnns never looked back.

"We didn't keep our focus as a team down the stretch," said MSU Coach Noel Johnson.

"We took some rushed shots, we missed some layups and missed some free throws and those all add up in the end. It just didn't come down to any one turnover."

Carver and Kirsti Degelia led the Mustangs with 13 points each, while Lang collected 11 points including hitting 3-of-4 from the three-point arc.

Cierra Thompson and Andrea Carter each grabbed eight rebounds for the Mustangs.

Tarleton State was led by Shelby Adamson's 15 points, including 11-of-14 from the foul line. Wright double-doubled with 12 points and 18 rebounds. Peyton Adamson added 14 points, while Shanae Lowrance chipped in 10.

The TexAnns take a two-game lead in the Lone Star Conference standings with four games to play. The Mustangs, who have three games remaining, are one game in front of West Texas A&M in second.

MSU is off until Saturday when the Mustangs visit Denton to meet Texas Woman's University in a 2 p.m. game at Kitty Magee Arena.