Balanced Effort Leads #6 Mustangs Over OCU

Senior guard Monzaigo Williams ignited a 10-0 run with a pair of 3-pointers late in the second half allowing 6th-ranked Midwestern State to pull away from a pesky Oklahoma City squad 72-61 Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs, who improved to 5-0 on the season, face a pair of tough post-Thanksgiving games this weekend at the Arkansas Tech Thanksgiving Classic in Russellville.

MSU takes on Harding (Ark.) Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. before taking on the home standing Wonder Boys Saturday at 4 p.m.

Senior forward Derek Kaster, who finished with 10 points and three rebounds, ignited a 10-0 run at the starting of the second half with a thunderous dunk off of a steal as MSU pushed out to a 46-32 lead on an Eddie D'Haiti layup just under four minutes after intermission.

D'Haiti matched DeJuan Plummer with a team-high 12 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting night in 23 minutes of play.

But Oklahoma City kept chipping away behind the efforts of backcourt mates Terence Bonhomme (15 points, 4 assists) and Jamaal Crayton (13 points, 7 rebounds) who combined for 28 points for the Stars who crept to within 53-50 with 9:29 to go.

But Williams connected on a pair of free throws before Plummer hit Derrell Gibbs on a backdoor cut for a dunk to set back-to-back treys from the left wing by Williams in 1:49 to give the Mustangs a commanding 63-50 edge with 5:23 to play.

Gibbs completed an all-around performance with six points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot while junior Xavier Blackburn added eight points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.

Oklahoma City dipped to 2-2 on the season.