Midwestern State got really defensive in a 50-34 win over Tarleton State Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
How defensive? The Texans matched a program low for scoring output. Tarleton hadn't scored as few as 34 points since Oklahoma Christian turned the trick in 1988. The point output was also the fewest for a Lonn Reismann-coached team bettering a 38-point showing at West Texas A&M two seasons ago.
The Mustangs limited the Texans 12 first-half which were the fewest since MSU held Southeastern Oklahoma to a dozen opening half points in 2009-10.
In the process, MSU bounced back to improve to 11-4 on the season and remained atop the Lone Star Conference standings at 7-1 while sending the Texans to their first three-game losing streak 2008-09. Tarleton moved to 8-5 on the season and to 2-4 in the LSC. Texans are now 0-3 away from Wisdom Gym.
Senior Corbin Thomas sparked the Mustangs with 16 points and eight rebounds highlighted by a thunderous dunk off of a Kevin Grayer inbound pass in the first half.
Junior guard Cam Adderley scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds while junior guard Keith Spellman added 10 points and five rebounds off of the bench.
Sophomore guard Derell Gibbs impacted the game without scoring a single point as the Burkburnett High product pulled down eight rebounds, dished out four assists and made four blocks in 32 minutes.
De'Andre Upchurch scored 13 points to lead the Texans, who finished the night a shooting a miserable 16.9 percent from the field (10-of-59).
Midwestern State enjoys an 11-day hiatus before taking on Cameron on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Aggie Fieldhouse. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
Midwestern State's Kirsti Degelia poured in a career-high 27 points to lead the Mustangs to a 78-71 win over Tarleton State in Lone Star Conference play Saturday night at D.L.Ligon Coliseum.
The win snapped a nine-game winning streak for the conference leading TexAnns as it was also the first MSU win over Tarleton State since the 2004-05 season - a span of 14 games.
The Mustangs matched a season-best winning streak at four games -- since taking back-to-back losses to Central Oklahoma and Eastern New Mexico to improve to 11-3 on the season and to 6-2 in league play.
Tarleton State's inside-outside combo of Peyton Adamson (22 points, 3 3-pointers) and Kiara Wright (16 points, 20 rebounds) helped the TexAnns get out to a 6-point lead when Adamson drained a long trey for a 31-25 lead with 4:24 remaining in the opening half.
But Taylor Dowd and Degelia connected on consecutive shots from beyond the arc to re-tie the game. Degelia canned a 30-footer at the first-half buzzer to give the Mustangs a 38-36 advantage at the half.
Degelia went 8-of-17 from the field and hit a season-high three treys to go along with six assists, five rebounds and two steals.
The Mustangs methodically worked their way to a double-figure advantage and led 59-49 when Dianna Jones swished a 3-pointer from the left wing with 8:02 to play.
But the TexAnns rallied on a 12-2 run to force the ninth tie of the game at 61-61 on Brianna Bledsoe's jumper at the 2:59 mark. The teams traded points and Tarleton's Cheyenne Berry hit one of two free throws with two seconds left to force the overtime.
Adamson scored the first points over the extra frame 12 seconds into the overtime, but that would be Tarleton's last lead of the night.
Sophomore forward Andrea Carter hit a jumper in the lane and Degelia converted a layup in transition before Carter hit a pair free throws to cap off the 6-0 run for a 71-67 lead with 3:27 to play.
Carter notched her seventh double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while junior forward Skyler Warrick scored 12 points and pulled down four rebounds off of the bench.
Midwestern State takes on Texas Woman's University Wednesday night at Kitty Magee Arena in Denton. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.