Senior forward Eddie D'Haiti scored a point a minute in leading 20th-ranked Midwestern State to a 73-65 win over Science & Arts (Okla.) Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs snapped a two-game slide to improve to 6-2 on the season while winning its 48th consecutive over a non-NCAA Division I/II opponent.
MSU enjoys a two-week finals break before returning to action against Ouachita Baptist on Dec. 17 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
D'Haiti enjoyed his second consecutive solid performance under the dome. The 6-9 senior from Orlando, who connected on each of his six shots to finish with 12 points in MSU's home opening win over Oklahoma City, finished with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting while pulling down seven rebounds.
Midwestern appeared to put the game away with a 26-3 run over the final 11 minutes of the opening half to build a 42-20 lead at the break as the Mustangs didn't commit a single foul in the opening half.
But the Drovers outscored MSU 31-11 over the opening 11 minutes of the second half to pull within 53-51 after Shavon Scott hit a pair of free throws with 9:05 to play.
MSU put the game away for good with a solid closing surge pushing the lead back to 14 points with under two minutes to play.
Senior guard Monzaigo Williams chipped his eighth consecutive double-figure performance with 15 points, five assists, four rebounds and five steals while senior forward Derek Kaster added 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting including a 3-pointer.
Junior forward Tavarion Nix dropped a season-high 10 points while pulling eight rebounds in 20 minutes off of the bench, while junior Xavier Blackburn had eight points and eight rebounds. Senior guard DeJuan Plummer also had seven points, five rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes as a reserve.
The Mustangs enjoyed a 49-28 edge on the glass.
Donnie Brown and Scott had 16 points to lead Science & Arts (Okla.). The NAIA Drovers counted the game as an exhibition contest.
Midwestern State dropped to No. 20 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches' Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs suffered their first two loss of the 2013-14 season dropping a pair of games at the Arkansas Tech Thanksgiving Classic last weekend in Russellville, Ark. MSU fell 74-70 to Harding (Ark.) on Friday before dropping a 58-57 decision to the host Wonder Boys on Saturday.
Midwestern is one of eight teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 6 Metropolitan State (Colo.), No. 14 Tarleton State (Texas), No. 19 Colorado Mines and No. 25 Texas A&M-Commerce while Angelo State (Texas), Fort Lewis (Colo.) and St. Mary's (Texas) are receiving votes.
Midwestern State continued to receive votes in the latest USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs claimed their fourth win in their last five games taking an 84-74 result Sunday at Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) to improve to 5-3 on the season.
MSU has received votes in the first four polls this season as the Mustangs opened the season ranked 10th in the preseason poll, but dropped to 131 votes in the first regular season poll, to three votes last week and received one in the latest edition.
Midwestern is one of six teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 5 Colorado Mesa, No. 15 West Texas A&M and No. 24 Tarleton State (Texas) while St. Edward's (Texas) and St. Mary's (Texas) are also receiving votes.