No. 22 Midwestern State blitzed NCAA Division III Sul Ross State 86-48 in its final exhibition tune up Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs open the regular season Friday afternoon against Louisiana State-Shreveport in the Southwestern Oklahoma State Classic in Weatherford. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.
Sophomore transfer Keith Spellman poured in a game-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting including three 3-pointers to lead the Mustangs.
MSU used a series a mini-runs and led by as many as 28 points in the opening half when junior point guard Monziago Williams hit a runner in the lane to put the Mustangs ahead 46-18 just over minute before intermission.
Sul Ross State, a member of the American Southwest Conference, rode a 20-point performance from 6-2 post Percy Settle to keep the game respectable midway through the second half.
Settle hit on 9-of-14 shots from the field to go along with five rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 29 minutes. He was the lone Lobo in double figures.
The Mustangs reasserted their will with a 16-4 run midway through the second half to push the lead to 64-36 on Kevin Grayer's jumper from the top of the key with 10:06 to play.
MSU slowly pulled away to extend the advantage to 42 points on a pair of free throws by freshman guard Conner Geiser.
Midwestern did commit 27 turnovers, but outrebounded SRSU by a 56-26 margin as five different MSU players snagged at least five rebounds led by junior forward Derek Kaster, who had nine points and 12 rebounds off of the bench.