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MSU Men Open LSC Play with Win over Lions

Midwestern State continued its mastery of Texas A&M-Commerce claiming an 84-73 win over the Lions in its Lone Star Conference opener here Saturday afternoon.

The win also snapped a two-game skid for the Mustangs who improved to 9-4 on the season while sending the Lions to 11-2 with their first setback at the A&M-Commerce Fieldhouse.

"It was a great win for us," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "We got back to the things that make us a better basketball team. We were tougher both on the ball and off of the ball defensively. We dominated the glass and made them take some tough shots."

It was MSU's 13th win in its last 14 games against the Lions dating back to the 2005-06 season. Midwestern also avenged a 74-66 loss in its last trip to Commerce in Jan. 2013.

"They are a talented basketball team," Haggerty said. "They are probably one of the deepest teams I've seen them have."

The Mustangs rode the hot hand of senior guard DeJuan Plummer who matched a career high with 21 points including five 3-pointers.

The Detroit native connected on four of his treys in the opening half allowing the Mustangs to break open a close game and extend their advantage into double figures before settling on a 41-33 halftime advantage.

"We challenged everyone to compete and fight at a level we haven't this year. The guys really responded to that," Haggerty said. "DeJuan's defensive energy really helped him on the offensive end. He really stepped into the right ones."

Texas A&M-Commerce clawed their way back to within a single point early in the second half then were within four points at 70-66 with 4:30 to play.

Each time the Mustangs found the answer to extend the lead back to 10 points using a 12-2 run to put the game away with a game-high 14-point bulge when junior Xavier Blackburn put back in a lay up with 45 seconds to play.

"Our shot selection was good, but everything is keyed into our defense," Haggerty said. "We were enthusiastic about the way we played tonight."

Senior guard Monzaigo Williams recorded his second career double-double with 17 points and 10 assists while added six rebounds and four steals.

The Mustangs dominated the glass to the tune of 52-27 as Blackburn (15 points, 9 rebounds) and senior guard Cam Adderley (10 points, 9 rebounds) narrowly missed double-doubles while junior forward Abiodun Adegoke had six points and 11 rebounds off of the bench.

Junior transfer LaDon Carnegie paced Texas A&M-Commerce with 18 points.

Midwestern State hits the road to face West Texas A&M Wednesday night at First United Bank Center in Canyon. Tip off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

MSU Women Fall in Overtime to Texas A&M Commerce

An ice cold shooting effort brought an end to Midwestern State's six-game winning streak Saturday afternoon as Texas A&M-Commerce came away with a 71-64 win here in overtime.

"We just did not show up shooting tonight," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "We probably missed 15 lay ups. We were able to get some second chances and couldn't finish. It was about being tough and willing it in and we just couldn't do that."

The Mustangs slipped to 9-4 on the season while going to 1-1 in Lone Star Conference play. It was just the second win of the season for A&M-Commerce which improved to 2-9 and 1-1.

Midwestern State hits the road to face rival West Texas A&M Wednesday night at First United Bank Center in Canyon. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m.

The Lions compounded MSU's shooting woes by claiming a decisive edge on the glass on the strength of strong efforts from bigs Breanna Harris (15 points, 20 rebounds) and Abigail Leaupepe-Tele (4 points, 10 rebounds).

"They are so strong and physical. We just got pushed under and we just didn't respond," Johnson said. "It was very physical without many fouls called which was totally different that the TWU game. These kids were having a hard time adjusting to the difference."

Texas A&M-Commerce jumped out to a 14-8 lead early, but the Mustangs managed to fight through cold shooting spells to battle their way to a 28-25 lead at halftime.

The Mustangs attacked the basket at the start of the second half hitting 5-of-5 free throws to jump out to a game-high 39-32 lead on a pair of Dianna Jones free throws with 16:43 to go.

Texas A&M-Commerce then outscored the Mustangs 15-8 over the next eight minutes to knot the game at 47-47 then the teams exchanged the lead four times down the stretch in regulation.

Jones finished with a season-high 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting and would prove to play a key role netting tying buckets twice in the final 96 seconds to send the game into overtime.

The Mustangs managed to claim a pair of 1-point leads in the extra session, but the Lions outscored MSU 10-2 over the final 2:49 to claim the win.

Junior forward Andrea Carter notched her third straight double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. It was her sixth point-rebound double-double oft he season.

Junior guard Shatoia Gober added 10 points and four rebounds while junior forward Taylor Dowd chipped in eight points.