WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State rallied from 19 points down in the first half to overtake Cameron 70-67 in overtime Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
"This was a really big win for us because we need to be playing our best ball before heading to Tarleton next week," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said.
The win was the second straight for the Mustangs, who improved to 13-6 on the season while claiming sole possession of second place in the Lone Star Conference by improving to 5-2 in league play.
MSU begins the second half of league play battling Tarleton State Wednesday night at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville. Tip off is set for 8 p.m.
But things didn't look good in the opening half as the Mustangs struggled their way to shooting 24.4 percent from the field (10-of-41) allowing the Aggies steadily pull for a 40-21 lead when Tank Mayberry completed a three-point play 54 seconds before intermission.
Midwestern turned the table on the Aggies led by senior guards Monzaigo Williams and JaMichael Rivers, who combined for 23 points after the start of the second half.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs frustrated Cameron into 4-of-21 shooting in the second half after the Aggies singed the nets at a 60-percent clip in the opening half.
"We like the second-half stops we got. We made shots when we needed to," Haggerty said. "Z and JaMike made big shots when we needed them."
The Mustangs used a 10-2 run to start the second half to pull within 43-35 on Cam Adderley's three-point play with 16:44 to play.
The Aggies would push the lead back to 13 before the Williams keyed a 10-2 run late in the contest hitting a 3-pointer and leaning jumper to pull the Mustangs to within three at 55-52 with 2:36 to play.
Then Rivers connected on three free throws after he was fouled on a shot from beyond the arc with 1:01 to go then the 6-2 senior converted a three-point play on a transition lay up to give the Mustangs their first lead of the second half at 58-57.
Williams sank a pair of free throws give MSU a 60-57 lead with nine seconds remaining, but Craig Foster would send the game to overtime on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Midwestern opened the overtime period on a 6-1 run and held on for the victory.
Williams poured in a game-high 22 points and dished out five assists while Rivers finished with a season-high 13 points.
Junior forward Xavier Blackburn notched his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds , while Cam Adderley had 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Desmond Henry splashed in 16 points off of the bench to pace the Aggies who dropped to 9-9 and 3-4.
It was MSU's 16th straight win over Cameron at D.L. Ligon Coliseum dating back to the 1990-91 season.
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Dianna Jones' driving lay up with 1.0 seconds remaining lifted Midwestern State to a 70-69 win over Cameron Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
"I told her the paint is your's and nobody can stop you," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "It's no mystery who I'm going to late in the game."
Jones went hard left, took an extra dribble and beat the Aggie defender to the glass to provide the difference in the Mustangs' third consecutive victory to improve to 13-7 overall and move to 5-4 in Lone Star Conference play.
The Mustangs, who let a 16-point first half lead slip away, used a late stand to slip past Cameron, who fell to 9-9 and 1-7.
"This one was a learning experience. We were in a haze when we had to be aggressive against the zone," Johnson said. "But we were calm, cool and collected down the stretch."
Midwestern takes on rival Tarleton State Wednesday night at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.
The Mustangs used a strong offensive effort in the opening half using a brisk start to jump out to a 7-0 lead. MSU would push the advantage to 16 on a pair of occasions at 28-12 and 40-24 before settling on a 12-point bulge at the half.
But the Aggies stormed back in the second half on the strength of an 11-2 run to pull within 51-49 on a Christina Caddy trey with 10:20 to play and led by as many as five points when Ali Brown canned another triple to give CU a 69-64 advantage with 2:25 to go.
But Andrea Carter worked her way to the charity stripe to convert two free throws then canned a 17-footer to pull the Mustangs within a point at 69-68.
She then tracked down her eighth rebound of the game on the defensive end to set up Jones' dash for the goal with a second remaining.
Carter finished the night with a team-high 20 appoints while senior guard Kirsti Degelia pitched in a season-high 18 points to go along with five assists and Jones notched 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Junior forward Taylor Dowd added 10 points -- all in the first half -- off of the bench.
Jazzmine Robinson poured in a game-high 23 points to lead the Aggies.
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Midwestern State let one get away in the season opener Saturday morning at the West Florida Spring Tournament falling 6-5 in 10 innings to No. 6-ranked Valdosta State.
But Chelsey Wall and Kelley Schaefer ripped three-run homers to lead the Mustangs to a 6-3 win over the Blazers in Game 2 at the UWF Softball Complex.
"I'm really happy with where we are it," MSU coach Brady Tigert said. "We beat ourselves in the first game. Our whole issue is making sure our pitchers can keep us in the ball game. They did a great job. They are just freshman and they have some maturing to do but I'm very happy with what they did today."
Erin Knox battled her way through 9 2/3 innings allowing four earned runs on five hits in the opener while striking out two and walking three allowing the Mustangs' lineup to ease into the season against the defending South Region champions.
"It was the first game, we made base running mistakes and had 11 strikeouts," Tigert said. "They spin it well. We were chasing pitches we don't need to chase. Once we settled down, we got into our grove. We're not where we need to be yet, but can't wait to get there."
MSU senior catcher Kim Jerrick launched a two-run opposite field shot to right field in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2 and Schaefer gave the Mustangs' the lead with an RBI-single through the right side to plate Katelyn Vinson, who lined a double down the left-field line to lead off the sixth inning.
The Blazers tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth, while MSU suffered some tough luck with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh when Jerrick was ruled to leave third base early on Schaefer's line out to left field.
The Mustangs were unlucky again in the 10th inning when Schaefer line drive down the left field line was snagged by VSU third baseman Hannah Strickland, who doubled Vinson up at the third base to end the inning.
The Mustangs earned the split on a pair of three-run homers in the second game as Wall clubbed her sixth career homer over the center field fence in the fifth and Schaefer drilled her 18th collegiate round tripper over the left-center fence in the sixth inning.
Katlyn Holmes allowed three earned runs on four hits to earn her first career victory. She allowed five walks and fanned three.
Midwestern State continues tournament play Sunday with two games against home standing West Florida. First pitch is set for 1 and 3 p.m.
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Cristina Alcantar and Ashley Flores narrowly missed national provisional marks to lead Midwestern State's solid efforts this weekend at the Missouri Southern Invitational at Leggett and Platt Athletic Center.
"We are running faster indoor this year than we were running outdoors last year," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "This sets us up for a great 2014. We gained a lot of confidence this weekend."
Alcantar fell less than two seconds shy of the indoor mile NCAA Division Ii provisional mark clocking a 5:07.34 to claim a win in her first individual race for the Mustangs.
"The first 400 was really slow and she was able to rally," Styles aid. "What a way to start of the year. We're expecting big things from her and we're really excited for her to be a part of the team."
Juniors Gabby Ruiz (5:22.20) and Emma Ramirez (5:26.75) flashed solid finishes by taking fourth and seventh place, respectively.
Flores bettered her previous 800-meter PR by five seconds clocking a 2:18.22 to fall .15 seconds shy of the NCAA Division II provisional mark.
"I was pumped because I had her at 2:17," Styles said. "That would have put her in the Top 2 in the nation. I'm really pleased with her. That's a huge PR."
Sophomore Ana Lopez finished seventh with an indoor personal best time of 2:22.26.
Junior Kim Krezonoski turned in a solid time of 10:31.02 in her first try at 3,000 meter this season to take fourth, while junior Cara Mack continued her strong comeback with a time of 11:22.04 to finish 18th.
Redshirt-freshman C.J. Frizzell clocked a school record time of 1:02.03 to finish 13th in the 400-meter run followed by Maranda Rodriguez (1:03.89/20th) and Callie Briseno (1:03.93/21st).
Midwestern also enjoyed a solid showing Friday night as two runners broke the 19-minute barrier in the 5,000-meter run and two distance medley relay squads placed in the top five.
Junior Abigail Gonzalez placed fifth in the 5,000 with a personal best time of 18:45, while sophomore Brittany Adams finished ninth with a time of 18:54.21.
Senior Melody Caldwell (19:36.50/14th), sophomore Maira Salinas (20:01.19/20th) and junior Lucia Trejo (20:44.39/25th) rounded out MSU's 5,000-meter contingent.
The team of Flores, Lopez, Frizzell and Ruiz recorded a time of 12:36.04 to take fourth while Alcantar, Ramirez, Briseno and Krezonoski took fifth with a time of 12:41.37.
"This was a great trial run for the teams as we try to mix, match and compete as we move deeper into the season," Styles said.
Midwestern State competes in the University of New Mexico Classic next weekend in Albuquerque.