MSU Men Up to #7 in NABC Poll

Midwestern State moved ahead two more places to No. 7 in the latest National Basketball Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Tuesday afternoon.
 
The Mustangs extended their most recent winning streak to five games with a triple overtime 80-75 win over No. 5 Tarleton State Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum to match the school's best record through 23 games at 21-2.
 
Midwestern is one of five teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 5 Tarleton State, No. 14 Northwest Missouri State, No. 16 Missouri Southern and No. 20 Arkansas Tech.
 
Defending national champion Bellarmine (Ky.) remains at No. 1, but No. 2 West Liberty (W. Va.) broke the Knights' unanimous hold on the top spot by claiming a No. 1 vote while No. 3 Winona State (Minn.), No. 4 Colorado Mines and Tarleton round out the first five.
 
No. 6 Alabama-Huntsville, MSU, No. 8 Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.), No. 9 Shaw (N.C.) and No. 10 Western Washington round out the top 10.
 
No. 11 Southern Indiana tops the second 10 followed by No. 12 Kentucky Wesleyan, No. 13 Christian Brothers (Tenn.), Northwest Missouri, No. 15 Northern Kentucky, Missouri Southern, No. 17 Indiana (Pa.), No. 18 Metropolitan State (Colo.), No. 19 Bowie State (Md.) and Arkansas Tech.
 
No. 21 Alaska-Anchorage, No. 22 District of Columbia, No. 23 South Carolina-Aiken, No. 24 Anderson (S.C.) and No. 25 Indianapolis (Ind.) round out the poll.
 
Midwestern State plays host to Central Oklahoma in a non-conference battle Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Logan Named LSC Def. Player of the Week

Midwestern State's Keonte' Logan garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season when the league announced its weekly awards Tuesday afternoon.
 
Logan keyed a special defensive week for the Mustangs in wins over Incarnate Word, Texas A&M-Kingsville and No. 5 Tarleton State.
 
The tough-minded senior from Wichita Falls led a defense which limited opponents to a 34.1 field goal percentage including a dismal 7-for-47 showing from the arc as MSU held teams to a 59.3 scoring average even with Monday's triple OT win over the Texans.
 
Logan, who had three steals and a block, also shot lights out on the offensive end of the floor where he was 7-of-9 from the field including a 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range to average 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds over the three-game stretch hitting a pair of crucial 3-pointers late in regulation and in the first overtime against Tarleton.
 
The 6-3 Wichita Falls High School product finished with three-game averages of 8.0 points, 5.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds a game for the week.
 
The Mustangs have ridden their latest five-game winning streak to a school-best 21-2 record through 23 games.

Women Still Receiving Votes in Top 25

Midwestern State received four votes in the latest USA Today ESPN Division II Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.

This marks the first time since the program joined NCAA Division II prior to the 1996-97 season that MSU has received mention in four consecutive national polls.

The Mustangs received 16 votes in the Nov. 28, 2001 poll and 19 on Jan. 10, 2002 before receiving five votes on Jan. 24, 2012, two on Jan. 31 and four in last week's rankings.

MSU beat Texas A&M-Kingsville 86-64 on Saturday, before losing to Tarleton State Monday night 66-61 in a game not reflected in the rankings to go to 18-5 overall, 14-3 in Lone Star Conference play.

The Mustangs are one of 10 teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 8 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 12 Northeastern State (Okla.), No. 14 Arkansas Tech, No. 15 Washburn (Kan.), and No. 20 Emporia State (Kan.) while Tarleton, Central Missouri, Newman (Kan.) and Harding (Ark.) are also receiving votes.

Midwestern returns to action on Saturday against Texas Woman's at 2 p.m. in Denton.