No. 13 Midwestern State drilled eight treys in the second half to pull away from Langston (Okla.) for an 89-56 win in its final exhibition contest Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs open the season Friday night against Southwestern Oklahoma State as part of the SWOSU Classic in Weatherford. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. MSU closes the weekend Saturday against East Central (Okla.).
Senior guard Monzaigo Williams paced a pack four starters in double figures with 18 points, rounding out an all-around performance with seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
It was Williams who fueled getting the Mustangs out on the run at the start of the second half, but it was the 3-ball that was MSU's weapon of choice during the run.
Senior guard Cam Adderley connected on a trey for his first field goal of the game at the 17:36 mark then Williams teed up a 3-pointer at the top of the key, Tavarion Nix converted an alley-oop and DeJuan Plummer canned a trey from the right wing to give the Mustangs a 54-32 lead at the 11:17 mark.
Midwestern continued to pull away, leading by as many as 36 when Cory Bennett canned his second trifecta from the corner for an 88-52 bulge with 1:33 to play.
Senior forward Eddie D'Haiti connected on 5-of-6 shots to finish with 14 points in 20 minutes, while junior guard Derrell Gibbs canned four 3s to close with 12 points and Adderley chipped in 10 points and snared six boards.
Senior forward Derek Kaster had nine points and five rebounds while Plummer and Bennett added seven points each off of the bench.
The Mustangs turned up the defensive pressure on Langston holding the Lions to a 27.5-percent shooting night while forcing LU into 21 turnovers. MSU outscored the Lions 18-2 on the break.
Landon Gray paced Langston with 18 points and six rebounds.
Midwestern State jumped ahead five spots to No. 12 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs rolled to their seventh consecutive victory by routing Menlo (Calif.) 64-7 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium to improve to 7-1 on the season.
Midwestern is one of nine teams from Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo (9-0), No. 9 Ohio Dominican (8-0), No. 13 Indianapolis (Ind.) (8-1) and No. 19 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) (8-1).
West Texas A&M dropped out of the poll from the No. 15 spot after dropping a 39-38 decision to Eastern New Mexico to lose possession of the Wagon Wheel Saturday night in Canyon.
The Buffs continue to receive votes along with Chadron State (Neb.), Tarleton State (Texas) and Ferris State (Mich.).
The Mustangs have received at least one vote in 93 of the last 94 poll dating back to the 2006 season.
MSU hits the road to face Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon at Blackwater Draw. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (Central Time).
Midwestern State remains fourth in the latest Super Region Four rankings released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs rolled to their seventh consecutive victory to improve to 7-1 on the season by routing NAIA Menlo (Calif.) 64-7 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
MSU closes the regular season with a pair of Lone Star Conference contests beginning Saturday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico before facing West Texas A&M in the season finale on Nov. 16.
Colorado State-Pueblo (8-0) continues to top the rankings followed by Ohio Dominican (8-0), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) (8-1), MSU, Indianapolis (Ind.) (8-1), Grand Valley State (Mich.) (7-2), Chadron State (Neb.) (7-2), Tarleton State (Texas) (6-2), West Texas A&M (7-2) and Ferris State (Mich.) (6-3).
If the playoffs started today, Colorado State-Pueblo and Ohio Dominican would receive first-round byes white Grand Valley State would travel to Saginaw Valley State and MSU would earn a first rematch with Indianapolis. This time in Wichita Falls.
The GVSU/SVSU winner would move on to face Ohio Dominican and the MSU/UIndy victor would advance to play Colorado State-Pueblo.
Regional rankings will continue through the remaining two weeks of the season while the championship field will be revealed on Sunday, Nov. 17.
NCAA Division II Super Region Rankings
Oct. 28, 2013