Senior guard Kevin Grayer poured in a career-high 24 points to lead Midwestern State to its fifth straight win taking an 83-72 result over Eastern New Mexico in Lone Star Conference play Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The win reduces the Mustangs' magic number to two as MSU moved to 16-5 on the season and to 12-2 in LSC play. Midwestern can clinch a share of its seventh Lone Star Conference title with home wins against Abilene Christian and Angelo State next week at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
MSU plays host to ACU Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.
The Mustangs used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to take control of the game extending their lead to 28-18 when Cam Adderley tipped in a rare miss by Grayer with 4:18 to play in the opening half.
The teams played pretty evenly the rest of the way as the 'Hounds were unable to get any closer than seven points.
Rafael Love (26 points, 4 3s), Rodeny Blackmon (24 points, 3 3s) and Jordan Romero (12 points, 4 3s) combined for 62 of ENMU's 72 points and for all of its 11 3-pointers.
Grayer connected on 9-of-12 shots for 24 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists while senior forward Corbin Thoma finished with 19 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes.
Senior forward Derek Kaster hit a pair of 3-pointers to add 13 points while pulling down three rebounds.
Eastern New Mexico fell to 10-12 on the season and to 7-7 in league play.
Andrea Carter poured in a season-high 21 points to lead Midwestern State to its 11th straight win taking a 67-52 result over Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs avenged a loss earlier this season at Portales to improve to 18-3 on the season while maintaining its lead in the race for LSC title at 13-2.
Carter completed her 11th double-double of the season pulling down 10 rebounds and made three steals in 27 minutes as the Mustangs took control early.
MSU rushed out to a 12-4 advantage after sophomore guard Shatoia Gober finished off a tradition three-point play just over five minutes into the contest. Gober pushed the Mustangs' advantage to double figures when she turned a steal into a layup to give MSU an 18-8 edge at the 12:22 mark.
Sophomore guard Dianna Jones, who scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting off of the bench, keyed a first-half closing 8-0 run with a 3-pointer from the top of the key as the Mustangs took a 36-20 lead into the intermission.
MSU would lead by as many as 23 points in the second half while securing the second longest winning streak in program history.
Junior guard Kirsti Degelia joined Jones with 10 points while Gober and junior forward Skyler Warrick tallied eight points each.
Hannah Altheide and Jordyn Cooper had 11 points each to pace Eastern New Mexico which fell to 5-18 on the season and to 4-11 in LSC play.
Midwestern State plays host to Abilene Christian Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
St. Edward's plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to claim an 8-6 win over Midwestern State Saturday afternoon in the Javelina Softball Classic at Hubert Field.
The Mustangs (5-3) close weekend play with games against St. Edward's and Texas A&M International Sunday at 9 and 11:30 a.m.
Junior catcher Kim Jerrick continued her torrid pace at the plate by going 3-for-4 with an RBI as the Mustangs built an early 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.
MSU drew first blood when Kelley Schaefer plated Courtney Bingham with run-scoring single up the middle in the third then Chelsey Wall keyed a three-run outburst in the fourth with a two-run pinch-hit single to center field.
But the Hilltoppers responded with a four-spot in the bottom of the frame. Faith Roberts' two-run triple was the key hit in the rally as SEU knotted the game at 4-4.
Schaefer ignited a rally in the fifth leading off the frame with a double to the right-field gap then moved to third on a Shelby Carter single. Katelyn Vinson delivered a sacrifice fly to center field as MSU reclaimed a 5-4 advantage.
But St. Edward's rallied four run on four hits in the sixth keyed by Cydney Ervin's two-run triple to give the Hilltoppers an 8-5 advantage.
Bingham got the Mustangs started leading off the seventh with a double to center field then stole third. Schaefer drew walk but was forced out at second when Carter reached and drove in Bingham on a fielder's choice.
Vinson delivered a two-single single through the left side of the infield but SEU starter Sarah Debrow stranded two Mustangs to end the threat and the game.
Debrow improved to 3-1 allowing six runs - all earned - on 14 hits with three strikeouts and one walk while MSU starter Laci Belovsky was sadder with the loss to fall to 2-2. Belovsky allowed eight runs on nine hits with four walks and two strikeouts.