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MSU MEN: Mustangs Win their 3rd Straight, Dominating Eastern New Mexico, 66-41

Midwestern State stepped up the defensive effort in a 66-41 Lone Star Conference win over Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

It was the third straight win for the Mustangs, who improved to 11-4 on the season and to 3-0 in league play. Midwestern takes its momentum into Wednesday night's showdown against rival Tarleton State at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.

"I challenged the guys to want to defend," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "We stressed the importance of defense and rebounding. We didn't get them any open looks. Tonight was a great example of the guys taking on personal challenges like challenging (ENMU senior guard Rodney) Blackmon."

Blackmon, who came in the game as the LSC's third leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, was held without a field goal (0-9) and his first point of the game came on a free throw 34 minutes into the contest.

The Mustangs held Eastern New Mexico to an ice-cold 19.3-percent shooting for the game which marks MSU's lowest opponents' field goal percentage during the NCAA Division II era which began in 1996-97.

Midwestern held the Greyhounds to 14.3 percent from the field (4-for-28) in the second half which marks the second lowest opponent field goal percentage in a half. It was the lowest since the Mustangs limited Southeastern Oklahoma State to 4-for-29 shooting (13.8 percent) in a 72-42 win on Dec. 12, 2009.

But the Mustangs needed a 13-3 spurt to close the opening half to break open a close contest as MSU carried a 36-26 lead into the second half.

Midwestern controlled the second half and continued to put the clamps on the 'Hounds holding them without a field goal for 11:10 in between a transition bucket by Rafael Love with 14:28 to play until Love banked in another lay up with 3:18 to play.

Love's second bucket cut the MSU advantage to 20 as he accounted for two of ENMU's four second-half field goals.

Midwestern senior guard Cam Adderley paced a group of four players scoring in double figures with 14 points and seven rebounds, while senior guard Monzaigo Williams added 13 points and five assists.

Senior forward Eddie D'Haiti pitched in 10 points and snagged six rebounds, while senior guard DeJuan Plummer notched 10 points off of the bench.

Love paced the ENMU with 13 points and eight rebounds as the Greyhounds fell to 6-7 on the season and 0-2 in LSC play.

MSU WOMEN: Hampton, Mustangs bury Eastern New Mexico, 75-44

Midwestern State made a simple change to the starting lineup to cure its recent shooting woes Saturday afternoon against Eastern New Mexico.

Junior guard Lisa Hampton, who was  making her second start of the season, pounded the nets for four 3-pointers and finished the afternoon with 18 points to lead the Mustangs to a 75-44 Lone Star Conference win in front of 1,257 fans at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs broke out of a 2-for-33 shooting slump from the 3-point arc to finish with seven 3s on 18 tries to fuel their most lopsided victory of the season to improve to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in LSC play.

MSU plays host to rival Tarleton State Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Senior Kirsti Degelia splashed in two 3-pointers of her own and worked her way to a 5-of-10 shooting night to finish to match Hampton for game-high honors with 18 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Junior guard Janae McJunkins accounted for MSU's other 3-ball.

Eastern New Mexico claimed its one and only lead of the contest when Jasmine Johnson scored the first points of the game at the 18:18 mark.

Degalia answered with a lay up of her own 30 seconds later to spark a 12-0 run highlighted by Hampton's first triple of the afternoon. MSU used another 13-0 run to push the advantage to 30-8 on Andrea Carter's traditional three-point play with 9:46 to play in the first half.

MSU scored the final five points of the half as Degelia canned her second trey of the game and Skyler Warrick converted a lay up in transition as MSU led 46-19 at the break.

The Mustangs would lead by as many as 38 points in the second half.

Carter needed just 22 minutes of court time to tally 13 points and grab seven rebounds to go along with a block and four steals.

Taylor Dowd joined Warrick with six points each.

With the win, the Mustangs improved to 10-5 on the season while evening their Lone Star Conference mark at 2-2.

Johnson had nine points and 10 rebounds to pace Eastern New Mexico, which dropped to 3-8 and 1-1.