MSU Roundup: Season Finales Plus Hoops

FOOTBALL: Pony Express steam rolls West Georgia, 35-17

Midwestern State's Pony Express churned out 470 yards to carry the Mustangs to a 35-17 win over West Georgia in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

MSU, which ends the regular season at 9-1, awaits NCAA Division II playoff selection Sunday afternoon. The selection broadcasts on beginning at 4 p.m.

Sophomore running back Chauncey Harris bursted for a career-high 232 yards on 16 carries including bookend touchdown runs of 21 and 31 yards. The rushing total was the fourth most in a single game in MSU program history and the most by someone other than Daniel Polk who posted the top three rushing games with 290-, 259- and 244-yard performances.

Harlon Hill candidate Keidrick Jackson posted his seventh 100-yard rushing effort of the season with 104 yards on 17 carries before exiting the game at half time including a 1-yard TD run for his 19th rushing score of the season in the second quarter.

Senior quarterback Brandon Kelsey added to the three-headed attack running for 99 yards on 10 carries with a 46-yard scoring run to open the second quarter.

Midwestern dominated the opening half and held its largest lead at 28-3 when redshirt-freshman running back Roderick Woodard scored from a yard out with 6:28 to go in the third quarter.

But West Georgia battled back on TD runs by Seth Hinsley (11) and Austin Treanor (2) to close the MSU lead to 28-17 with 11:15 to play.

The Mustangs put the game away with Harris' 31-yard touchdown run with 1:18 to play.

The Mustangs rolled up 513 yards of offense as the 470 team rushing yards were the second most in school history.

West Georgia racked up 336 total yards including 187 on the ground and 149 passing.

Seth Hinsley paced the Wolves with 86 yards on 15 carries, while David Bailey run for 69 yards on 17 carries.

West Georgia closes the season at 3-7.

VOLLEYBALL: Mustangs fall to ACU in season finale, 3-1

Midwestern State struggled mightily on the defensive end of the floor to loss momentum before losing 25-18, 18-25, 16-25, 23-25 to Abilene Christian in its season finale Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs close the season with a 7-23 mark and will miss the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament for the first time since 2007.

MSU came out firing from the onset as senior Shelbi Stewart put down four kills in the opening frame, but had plenty of support as Caitlin Wallace, Kasey Decker and Beatriz Villalba each had three kills each to help the Mustangs out to a 1-0 advantage.

The Mustangs were also hot on the defensive end early on forcing the Wildcats into seven errors and a .098 attack percentage in the opening set.

But Abilene Christian caught fire committing a combined four errors over the next two frames establishing momentum.

The Mustangs rolled out a 6-2 lead in the fourth set, but ACU rode a strong service run by Sara Oxford to score eight straight points to claim a 9-7 edge. MSU would regain a 2-point edge on a Brandi Flores kill to lead 13-11 but couldn't sustain the push.

Stewart paced the Mustangs with 11 kills and four blocks while Wallace added 10 kills while hitting .318.

Junior outside hitter Beatriz Villalba had seven kills and junior middle blocker Michelle Blount had seven kills and five blocks.

Sara Oxford (16) and Kalynne Allen (15) combined for 31 kills to lead the Wildcats who improved to 12-18 overall and 8-12 in conference play.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Mustangs recover for 73-60 win at Southwestern Oklahoma

No. 22 Midwestern State recovered from 8-point second-half deficit to claim a 73-60 win over Southwestern Oklahoma Saturday night at Rankin Williams Fieldhouse.

"I was proud of the way we responded in the second half," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "We had a lot of players in foul trouble and had to have underclassmen and freshmen played key minute. We were able to execute and well and made some outstanding plays."

The Bulldogs (0-2), who took a 26-20 lead into the half, used a 10-0 run midway through the second half to claim a 46-38 edge with 11:58 to play.

Rod Camphor knocked down a 3-pointer and chipped a free throw during the run on his way to a 9-point showing.

The Mustangs quickly responded with a pair of layups and two free throws by Eddie D'Haiti followed a Monzaigo Williams 3-ball as part of a 9-1 counter run to tie the game little over two minutes later at 47-47.

The Bulldogs bounced back to take a short live lead before Midwestern closed with a 26-11 extended run over the last 8 minutes to put the game away.

Senior forward Corbin Thomas connected on 7-of-10 shots from the field and narrowly missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds.

"He was able to work the angles and our guys fed great passes in there," Haggerty said. "He did a great job."

Williams not only played a key role in keeping the Mustangs to seven total turnovers but turned in a great all-around line with 14 points, eight assists and four steals.

"Monzaigo had a big game for us," Haggerty said. "He did everything. He was the key to getting us into our stuff and distributing the ball. He was great all around."

Senior guard Kevin Grayer pitched in 13 points while Keith Spellman added eight points on 2-of-4 shooting joining Williams and Grayer with two treys apiece.

Marin Zelalija paced Southwestern Oklahoma State with 14 points while Dominick Cornelius and Thomas David had 10 points each.

Midwestern competes in the Colorado State-Pueblo Al Kaly Shrine Classic next weekend. The Mustangs take on Oklahoma Christian Friday at 4 p.m. before taking on host CSU-Pueblo Saturday at 8 p.m.