Mustang Hoops Split in Lawton

Free Throw Lifts CU over Mustang Men

Craig Foster's free throw with 3.3 seconds to play was just enough charity for Cameron to come away with a 64-63 win Wednesday night at Aggie Gym in Lawton.

It was the Aggies' first win in the Red River Rivalry since 2006 - a span of nine games - as CU won its fifth consecutive game to improve to 10-5 on the season and to 6-3 in Lone Star Conference play.

The loss was MSU's second in the last three games as it fell to 11-5 and 7-2, but remain atop the league standings in a tie with Incarnate Word, who defeated Texas A&M-Kingsville Wednesday night.

"Every game you lose is a tough one. We had our chances. We definitely fought our way back into the ball game," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "We were able to create some turnovers, but didn't finish on the other end well enough."

The Aggies chose to run the clock down with the game tied at 63 as Foster pulled up for a jumper and appeared to shuffle his feet when Midwestern's Corbin Thomas challenged his shot. But a foul was whistled sending Foster to the line for the difference in the game.

But Cameron did create the opportunity by claiming a pair of clutch offensive rebounds in the game's final 90 seconds.

"We were just unable to come up with the big rebound which is very uncharacteristic of our ball team," Haggerty said. "Give credit to Foster for coming up with the big plays. I thought Cameron was the tougher team in a lot of areas. We have to get better. A lot better."

Foster and the Aggies also benefited from a tough call at the end of the first half when he appeared to draw a player control foul when lowering his shoulder into MSU's Cam Adderley. But Foster emerged for a pair of free throws to give the Aggies a 27-24 halftime edge.

The Mustangs bounced back to lead by as many as 38-35 when Derek Kaster hit a lay up with 14:46 to play then MSU edged ahead 61-60 on a Keith Spellman free throw with 2:36 to play.

But the Aggies connected on seven second-half 3-pointers and converted second-chance points in the closing seconds. Andrew D. Thomas tapped in a missed trey with 1:54 as CU reclaimed the lead, then Foster grabbed another offensive rebound with 20 seconds to play.

Foster led all scorers with 19 points, while Thomas added 11 points and four rebounds to lead Cameron.

Junior guard Cam Adderley connected on 7-of-12 shots from the field to lead MSU with 16 points and four rebounds while senior guard Kevin Grayer added 15 points and four assists. Kaster added 11 points and five rebounds off of the bench.

Midwestern State and Cameron tangle again Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

Women Efficient in 6th Straight Win

Midwestern State faced some bad news Wednesday night, as starting point Dianna Jones missed her second game with an ankle injury.

That only proved to be even worse news for the Cameron Aggies.

The Mustangs committed a season-low five turnovers and used the offensive efficiency to come away with a 65-52 decision for their season-best sixth consecutive win.

"It's a mental game when you play on the road," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "I think the girls are really starting to get in the groove just in time to come home."

MSU improved to 13-3 on the season and to 8-2 in Lone Star Conference play. The Mustangs now close the regular season with eight of 10 games on their home floor at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Kirsti Degelia battled her way to a 14-point, 5-assist night while Shatoia Gober and Skyler Warrick added 14 points each. Sophomore forward Andrea Carter notched her ninth double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

"In the second half, we had a little more energy," Johnson said. "The kids played hard and had a great defensive effort. And when you have four players in double figures, you're having a good night."

Warrick poured in 11 points in a spurt of 4:11 to propel the Mustangs out to a 23-17 edge with 6:32 to go until halftime. Then, Degelia tallied eight straight points to close the half to push the MSU advantage to 34-24 at the half.

Cameron's Chelsea Stamp and Hannah Pollart bombed in back-to-back 3-pointers at the start of the second half to pull the Aggies back within four at 34-30.

But the Mustangs countered by scoring the next nine points and led 43-30 when Ashley Rush buried a trey from the left corner to give MSU total control of the contest.

Stamp rained in three 3s to finish as Cameron's lone double-digit performer with 13 points.

Cameron makes the return trip to Wichita Falls to face the Mustangs on Saturday afternoon under the dome. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

Softball Picked 5th in LSC Poll

It's almost softball season. Midwestern State softball opens up its season a week from Friday out in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Lone Star Conference pre-season poll was released Wednesday, and the Mustangs are tied with Incarnate Word for fifth.

It's a reflection of last year's struggles. MSU got nine first-place votes in 2012's preseason poll, but got none this year after going just 16-13 last year.

Experience and pitching depth could still be an issue this year.

Just two players are listed as pitchers on this year's roster, both freshmen. Neither of last season's pitchers return this year.

In fact, half of the team's sixteen-player roster is made up of freshmen.