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Mustangs Can't Hold Halftime Leads in Losses to TSU

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Mustangs Lose Halftime Lead, 83-81 Decision to #6 Texans

Midwestern State's starting lineup gave the Mustangs a big-time advantage Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum, helping MSU out to big first-half advantage.

But it wasn't enough to hold Chuck Guy and a big Tarleton State bench effort, as the Texans came away with an 83-81 win in Lone Star Conference play.

No. 6-ranked TSU improved its best start in program history to 14-0 while taking sole possession of first place in the league race at 3-0, while the Mustangs fell to 11-5 and 3-1.

Midwestern State enjoys a week off before taking on Angelo State Wednesday night at Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

Junior forward Xavier Blackburn notched his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds while connecting on a pair of 3-pointers.

In fact, the Mustangs enjoyed their best shooting night from the arc this season hitting on 11-of-21 treys (52.4 percent) as senior forward Eddie D'Haiti stepped out to nail each of his three attempts to finishing with 13 points and six rebounds.

Senior guard Monzaigo Williams also hit three 3s to finish with 14 points and six rebounds, while senior DeJuan Plummer came off the bench to connect with a pair of 3-balls to finish with 13 points.

The Mustangs struck the first salvo hitting for a 10-2 run out of the gate then used a 12-2 spurt to push the lead to a game-high 12 points at 28-16 when Derrell Gibbs hit a layup 8:03 before halftime.

But the Texans would draw even before the half before Blackburn connected on a trey from the left baseline to account for MSU's 42-39 halftime edge.

The Texans primarily went to the bench to produce a 55.2-percent shooting half after intermission as Tashawn Mabry and Damion Clemons had 16 each and Emmanuel Andrews pitched in 13 points in reserve roles as Tarleton controlled a 52-23 edge in bench points.

Guy, who would finish with 20 points and five assists, gave Tarleton its first two-possession led on a 3-pointer for a 67-63 edge. The Texans would push the lead to 71-66 on a Guy tip-in basket with 5:57 to go.

The Mustangs rallied with a 7-2 run to tie the game on Blackburn's traditional three-point play at 73-73 with 4:07 to play, but Andrews answered with a 3-pointer to give the Texans the lead for good.

Women Fall to #14 TexAnns, 57-51

It was typical tale of two halves Tuesday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Midwestern State dominated the first half but just couldn't construct a big enough lead before Tarleton State roared back to claim a 57-51 Lone Star Conference win.

The 14th-ranked TexAnns won their 11th consecutive game to improve to 13-1 on the season and snapped a four-game losing streak to MSU. The Mustangs fell to 10-6 on the season and 2-3 in league play.

Midwestern dominated the glass in the opening half by grabbing 23 of the first 27 rebounds paced by a season-high from junior forward Taylor Dowd who snagged five of her six in the opening half of play.

The Mustangs sprinted out to score the first 10 points of the game, but could only expand their lead out to 24-11 on a Lisa Hampton jumper with 10:08 before half.

MSU struggled to a 36.4 shooting percentage in the opening half allowing the TexAnns to claw back to within 31-24 at halftime.

Tarleton State senior forward Kiara Wright, who had two points and one rebound in six minutes in the opening frame, erupted for 13 points and 14 rebounds in the second half to lead the TexAnns' charge.

TSU stormed out of halftime on a 9-2 run to claim its first lead when Brianna Bledsoe connected on a 3-pointer for a 35-33 advantage with 16:38 to play.

The teams exchanged the lead six more times down the stretch, but the Mustangs would never lead by more than a bucket.

Senior guard Kirsti Degelia was the lone MSU player in double figures finishing the night with 12 points including a pair of treys, while junior guard Shatoia Gober added nine points and five rebounds in 17 minutes off of the bench.

Wright finished the game with 15 points and 15 points to lead the TexAnns while Bledsoe added 14 points.

Midwestern State takes on Texas Woman's Sunday afternoon in Denton. Tipoff at Kitty Magee Arena is set for 6 p.m.