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#19 Mustangs Fall to Oklahoma Wesleyan

Oklahoma Wesleyan rode a red-hot shooting half to send No. 19 Midwestern State to its second straight loss 80-74 Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The loss snapped MSU's 48-game winning streak against non-NCAA Division I/II opponents and was the first since the then-Indians dropped a 120-114 decision at Texas Lutheran on Nov. 17, 1997. It was the first home loss against the same competition since Midwestern made the move to Division II prior to the 1996-97 season -- a span of 40 games under on Stockton Court.

The NAIA Eagles of Oklahoma Wesleyan connected at a 55.2-percent clip after intermission knocking down 8-of-14 shots from beyond the arc to control the second half 50-40.

Junior guard Tyler Woods stroked four 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 22 points for OKWU, who boasts a 9-5 mark playing out of the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Eagles counted Wednesday's name as an exhibition contest.

The Mustangs led by as many as 10 points in the opening half extending the lead to 27-17 when Derek Kaster canned a trey from the top of the key with 7:00 to go in the opening half.

Oklahoma Wesleyan answered with a 13-4 spurt to pull within 31-30 when Thaddeus Green hit a jumper in the lane 5 1/2 minutes later. The Mustangs would carry a 34-30 edge into the break.

The teams exchanged the lead three times in the second half as the Eagles were able to construct leads of six and seven points, but MSU was able to battle back to take a pair of slim leads on each occasion.

Oklahoma Wesleyan used a 13-6 run over a 4-minute stretch to extend its lead to a game-high eight points at 77-69 on a pair of Devin Harris free throws with 45 seconds to play.

Junior forward Xavier Blackburn delivered career bests with 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Tavarion Nix battled for 11 points and seven boards on 5-of-6 shooting in 19 minutes off of the bench.

Senior guard DeJuan Plummer chipped in 15 points while Monzaigo Williams battled through foul difficulties to tally 11 of his 14 points in the second half.

Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference play Saturday afternoon at Texas A&M-Commerce.  Tip off at the A&M-Commerce Field House is set for 4 p.m.

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