Mustang Coaches, Players Honored by LSC

Haggerty Named Coach of the Year

Midwestern State claimed a share of its sixth Lone Star Conference title with Saturday night's win over Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
And Tuesday night, the Mustangs tasted the fruits of their labor.
First-year coach Nelson Haggerty was named LSC Coach of the Year after guiding MSU to a 23-3 season, while senior guard Michael Loyd gained first-team accolades and senior guard Keonte' Logan shared the league's top defensive honor with Incarnate Word's Shaun Umeh. Senior forward David Terrell and junior guard JaMichael Rivers earned honorable mention.
Loyd leads the Mustangs averaging 13.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds a game as the team's floor general. The 6-1 Las Vegas product has tallied 10-or-more points in 20 games and dished out at least five assists on seven occasions this season.
Loyd was an All-LSC second-team pick in 2009-10 and named to the NCAA Division II All-South Central Regional All-Tournament Team while helping the Mustangs to their second consecutive Elite Eight appearance.
Logan is noted as one of the best defenders in all of NCAA Division II, but has also gained respect as a deadly 3-point marksman. The Wichita Falls native has closed strong by hitting 18-of-24 from the arc of the final 10 games of the season. He averages 4.7 points, 3.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. The all-around performer rates among the nation's best in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Terrell ranks among the best finishers in the nation as the 6-5 forward from Houston tops the team with 39 dunks this season and is the LSC leader in field goal percentage at just under 70 percent.
He has logged four double-double this season while averaging 9.8 points and 6.3 boards in 18.4 minutes a game.
As one of the more explosive scorers in the LSC, Rivers is third on the squad averaging 10.6 points a game. The junior guard from Tuscaloosa, Ala. erupted for 16 of his season-high 30-point outburst in the final eight minutes to help the Mustangs erase a 12-point deficit to beat Angelo State 65-61 last December in San Angelo.
Midwestern State opens the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament Wednesday night against Texas A&M-Commerce at the Allen Events Center. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m.

2012 All-LSC Men:

Special Honors:
Player of the Year
Milton Garner, Cameron
Defensive Players of the Year
Keonte' Logan, Midwestern State
Shaun Umeh, Incarnate Word
Freshman of the Year
Tez Dumars, West Texas A&M
Newcomer of the Year
Donald Sims, West Texas A&M
Coach of the Year
Nelson Haggerty, Midwestern State
First Team:
Milton Garner, Cameron, Sr. G
Michael Loyd, Midwestern State Sr. G
Fabian Wilson, Tarleton State Sr. F
Chris Johnson, Incarnate Word Sr. F
Reggie Nelson, Eastern N.M. Sr. G
Second Team:
Donald Sims, West Texas A&M Jr. F
Lionel Foster, West Texas A&M Sr. G
Chris Harrell, Tarleton State Sr. G
Brad Hambrick, Texas A&M-Commerce Sr. G
Shaun Umeh, Incarnate Word Sr. G
Honorable Mention:
David Terrell, Midwestern State Sr. F
Ashton Brown, Texas A&M-Kingsville Jr. G
Kennon Washington, West Texas A&M Jr. G
JaMichael Rivers, Midwestern State Jr. G
Robert Williams, Texas A&M-Kingsville Sr. F
Desmond King, Texas A&M-Commerce Sr. F
LaDonn Huckaby, Angelo State Sr. F
Curtis Wilkinson, Eastern New Mexico Sr. C
Zach Williams, Abilene Christian Sr. G

Johnson tabbed LSC Coach of the Year

Midwestern State has enjoyed a resurgent season in 2011-12 and the Mustangs hard work and dedication were recognized when league officials released the Lone Star Conference postseason awards.
Noel Johnson earned LSC Coach of the Year honors after guiding the team to a 19-7 mark and to its first trip to the league's postseason tournament since 2003. The Mustangs open bracket play with a quarterfinal matchup against Incarnate Word Thursday at the Allen Events Center. Tipoff is set for noon.
Senior guard Savannah Carver earned first-team honors with her best season as a collegian. The Canyon Randall High product paced the Mustangs with a 15.9 scoring average including eight 20-point efforts including a career-best 27-point, 9-rebound effort earlier this season at Cameron.
The two-time All-LSC honorable mention pick needs 15 points to become a MSU's 17th 1,000-point scorer.
Senior forward Cierra Thompson garnered honorable mention for the second straight campaign with a solid campaign as one of the top defenders in the LSC. The Llano High product carries averages of 8.7 points and 6.1 rebounds a game into the postseason.
Sophomore guard Kirsti Degelia also gained honorable mention with her consistent play scoring 11.6 points a game including 16 games with at least 10 points. She tallied a career-best 24 points in an 83-70 win over Angelo State earlier this month at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Dianna Jones shared LSC Freshman of the Year honors with Angelo State's Haylee Oliver. Jones averaged 8.8 points while connecting on 46.5 percent of her shots from beyond the arc in 19.3 minutes a game.
She is the first MSU player to earn top frosh honors since Lindy Lombard claimed the award following the 1998-99 season.

2012 All-LSC Women:

Special Honors:

Player of the Year
Sabelle Diata, Cameron
Defensive Player of the Year
Sabelle Diata, Cameron
Freshmen of the Year
Dianna Jones, Midwestern State
Haylee Oliver, Angelo State
Newcomers of the Year
Julie Paunovic, Cameron
Peyton Adamson, Tarleton State
Devin Griffin, West Texas A&M
Coach of the Year
Noel Johnson, Midwestern State
First Team:
Sabelle Diata, Cameron Sr. C
Shelby Adamson, Tarleton State Sr. G
Savannah Carver, Midwestern State Sr. G
Mackenzie Lankford, Abilene Christian So. G
Jessica Hanna, Texas Woman's Sr. F
Kenisha Harris, West Texas A&M So. F
Second Team:
Peyton Adamson, Tarleton State So. G
Paige Weishuhn, Angelo State Sr. F
Kiara Wright, Tarleton State So. C
Precious Herrin, Eastern New Mexico Sr. C
Katy Cooke, Incarnate Word Jr. G
Honorable Mention:
Julie Paunovic, Cameron Sr. F
Inunanya Mora, Incarnate Word So. F
Ashley Leven, West Texas A&M Sr. C
Devin Griffin, West Texas A&M So. F
Britney Nuzum, Texas Woman's Jr. G
Joni Unruh, West Texas A&M Sr. G
Cierra Thompson, Midwestern State Sr. F
Kirsti Degelia, Midwestern State So. G