Angelo State's Dakota Rawls scored 12 points lead the Rams to a shocking 53-50 win over Midwestern State Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
It was the Rams' first road win of the season and first win under the dome since 1988 as ASU moved to 6-18 on the season and to 3-13 in LSC play.
Midwestern State (17-6, 13-3) can clinch an outright league title with a win either over Texas A&M-Commerce Wednesday or at Tarleton Sate next Saturday in Stephenville.
It was an uphill battle all night for the Mustangs, who were whistled for 16 first-half turnovers including six on player control fouls. The Rams cashed in the miscues for 19 first half points and led by 15 when Reggie Sutton hit a layup with 1:40 to go as ASU led 34-19 at the intermission.
The Mustangs charged out of the locker room to score the first 13 points of the second half cutting the deficit to 34-32 on a Corbin Thomas free throw with 12:22 to play.
Free throws proved to be a burden for the Mustangs who connected on 14-of-25 shots from the charity stripe but still managed to fight their way back into the game.
MSU finally claimed its first and only advantage of the contest when Thomas threw down a dunk in transition to give the Mustangs a 46-45 lead with 4:08 to play.
But it was short lived as ASU's Bryan Hammond hit a driving layup to key a 6-0 run for the Rams who re-established a 51-46 edge with 2:33 to go.
The Mustangs did connect on 4-of-6 charity tosses over the final 2:30 of the game to cut the deficit to 51-50 with 56 seconds remaining, but Sutton ended the second half the same as the first with a driving layup 19 seconds to play.
Kevin Grayer's game tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off of the mark.
Thomas paced MSU with 14 points and nine rebounds while Grayer chipped in 13 points and four rebounds and junior guard Cam Adderley had 11.
Midwestern State went ice cold in a 54-48 loss to Angelo State Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The loss was the second straight for the Mustangs, who fell to 18-5 on the season and to 13-4 in Lone Star Conference play.
MSU, which slipped a game behind Abilene Christian and Tarleton State in the loss column, shot 25 percent from the field while managing a season-low 17 points in the opening half.
Led by Haylee Oliver (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Lauren Holt (16 points, 10 rebounds), the Rambelles led by as many as 12 points at 26-14 with 42 seconds remaining in the opening half.
But Kirsti Degelia beat the first-half buzzer with a 3-pointer then knocked down a trey to start the second to ignite the Mustangs, who would cut the ASU advantage to 35-34 on a pair of Diana Jones free throws with 11:37 to play.
That's as close as the Mustangs would get as the Belles answered with an extended 15-5 run to push the lead back to 11 at 50-49 on two Morgan Youngblood free throws with 4:28 to go.
MSU made its final run in the closing minutes working to within 51-48 on a Lisa Hampton 3-ball with 47 seconds to play.
Degelia paced the Mustangs with 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting including a pair of 3-pointers while Skyler Warrick and Shatoia Gober added seven points each.
The Mustangs play host to Texas A&M-Commerce Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
Angelo State improved to 11-12 on the season and to 8-9 in league play.
Midwestern State split a pair of games at the Holiday Inn at the Falls Saturday at Mustangs Park claiming a 4-3 win over East Central (Okla.) before falling to Arkansas Tech 14-4 in five innings.
MSU, who moved to 10-4 on the season, closes tournament play against East Central Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
Freshman pitcher Laci Belovsky allowed three runs on 10 hits to improve to 6-2 to snap ECU's seven-game winning streak.
The Mustangs put up two runs in the fourth inning as Kim Jerrick lined an RBI-single to center field, stole second and came around to score on a wild pitch as MSU claimed a 4-2 lead.
ECU's Jordynn Van Pelt drilled a solo homer to left died in the sixth inning to pull the Tigers to within a run but Belovsky closed out the game by retiring the side in the seventh.
Senior center fielder Elena Bennett and freshman Haley Howerton joined Jerrick with two hits each to pace Midwestern's nine-hit attack.
Arkansas Tech's Siarra Gomez belted two homers as the Golden Suns binged for seven first inning runs in a five-inning run-rule of the Mustangs in the second game.
ATU's Ashton Long, Shanna Davidson and Ashley Keen also drilled homers as the Golden Suns evened their season record at 4-4.
MSU's Kat Batey was saddled with the loss allowing 14 runs -- 13 earned -- on 14 hits with six walks and two strikeouts in five innings.
In other action Saturday at Mustangs Park, Arkansas Tech beat Eastern New Mexico 9-4, ECU defeated ENMU 9-0 in five innings, Texas A&M International routed ENMU 16-6 in five innings and ATU upended TAMIU 7-5.