MSU Men Fall Short at Ouachita Baptist

Ouachita Baptist rocked the nets for 51 first-half points and led by as many as 24 points Saturday night at Bill Vining Arena in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

That was just too much for Midwestern State to overcome as the Mustangs dropped their second consecutive game by an 81-77 count to fall to 3-2 on the season.

"We came out and competed (in the second half), the way we should have at the start of the game," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "We played with a lot of intensity and enthusiasm like they did in the first half."

OBU's Mitchell Austin came off of the bench to knock down six 3-pointers pushed the first-half lead out to 24 points on three occasions.

The Mustangs put the clamps on the Tigers in the second half, limiting OBU to 31.6-percent shooting including a 1-of-9 effort from the arc to claw back within four points at the final buzzer.

Junior point guard Monzaigo Williams scored 10 of his team-high 13 points in the second half while adding 10 assists and four steals to lead a pack of five MSU players in double figures.

Senior guard Kevin Grayer, senior forward Corbin Thomas and sophomore guard Keith Spellman had 12 points each while junior forward Eddie D'Haiti 10 points and six rebounds.

"When you spot a team 20 points, it's very hard to come back, especially on the road," Haggerty said. "We're trying to identify who we are going to be as a basketball team. I hope we took a step forward tonight. We have to find ourselves and we have to find our identity. We just have to get there."

Mitchell finished with a game-high 20 points with two coming after halftime. Micah Delph added 14 points, six assists and five rebounds while Colt Fason had 11 points.

Ouachita Baptist moved to 3-1 on the season.

Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference play Thursday night at Incarnate Word before taking on Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday on the road.