Midwestern State's Corbin Thomas went from hero to goat and back to hero again, all in a span of 29 seconds in overtime Wednesday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The senior forward missed a point blank dunk with 33 seconds remaining then atoned with a big block of Mason White to preserve a 65-62 win over West Texas A&M.
MSU improved to 6-2 on the season while moving to 3-0 in the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs enjoy a 10-day break before taking on Arkansas Tech in a rematch of last season's South Central Region championship game on Sat., Dec. 15.
Thomas combined with junior Eddie D'Haiti to give the Mustangs the edge on the inside by combining for matching double-doubles. Thomas finished with a team-high 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots while D'Haiti posted 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
For the fourth straight game, Midwestern State dug its way out of a double-figure deficit in the first half, as the Buffs used an 11-2 run to take a 16-6 lead on Nate Drayton's jumper with 10:10 to go in the first half.
But the Mustangs scored the final six points of the opening stanza to close to within 27-24 at halftime.
MSU led by as many as seven points in the second half, but West Texas A&M would regain the lead on Dumars' follow layup with 2:10 to play.
Midwestern's Kevin Grayer knocked a pair of free throws, while WT's Kennon Washington went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe in the final minute and Grayer missed a layup at the buzzer to face the teams into overtime.
Washington hit a pair of free throws and hit a jumper just inside the arc at the top of the key to give the Buffs a 62-59 advantage in overtime.
But MSU sophomore guard Keith Spellman knocked down a big 3-pointer at the top of the key and D'Haiti followed Spellman's driving layup attempt on the next possession with a dunk to put the Mustangs up 64-62.
The Mustangs forced a turnover on WT's next possession to set up Thomas' split heroics in the closing 30 seconds.
MSU junior point guard Monzaigo Williams added 11 points and dished out four assists, while Washington paced the Buffs with 23 points and five rebounds.
West Texas A&M dropped to 7-2 on the season and to 1-2 in league play.
Midwestern State's offense was in the flow while the defense made a routine out of flipping turnovers into points Wednesday night as the Mustangs rolled past West Texas A&M 74-55 in its Lone Star Conference home opener at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs improved to 6-1 on the season and to 2-1 in league play. They enjoy a 10-day break before hosting Texas-Permian Basin on Sat., Dec. 15.
It was MSU's third consecutive win over the Lady Buffs under the Dome.
Sophomore forward Skyler Warrick erupted out of a scoring slump to lead the Mustangs with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
She was just one beneficiary of great ball movement as the Mustangs registered assists on 22-of-28 made field goals led by sophomore point guard Dianna Jones, who dropped a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.
The Mustangs used a 14-2 run midway through the opening half capped by a Dianna Jones 3-ball from the right wing to take a 22-12 lead with 10:06 to go until halftime.
Midwestern led by as many as 15 points in the opening half before West Texas A&M closed the gap to 37-26 at intermission.
The Lady Buffs went on an extended 19-4 run at the start of the second half to close the margin to 44-39 when Lacee Logan converted a three-point play at the 14:27 mark.
But Warrick tallied nine points during the ensuing 14-2 run as the Mustangs pulled away for the win.
Junior guard Kirsti Degelia added 11 points while sophomore guard Shatoia Gober added 10 points and four assists. Sophomore forward Andrea Carter finished a point shy of notching her fourth double-double of the season with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Chontiquah White poured in 21 points and Casey Land added 16 to lead West Texas A&M, which fell to 2-7 on the season and to 0-3 in league play.