Midwestern State senior guard Monzaigo Williams was looking to make
amends after slipping on his way to the basket in the closing seconds
earlier this season against Tarleton State.
Not this time. Not this Wednesday night.
Williams buried an 18-footer with 3.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Mustangs a 77-75 win, sending the rival Texans to their first loss of the season while snapping TSU's 20-game winning streak at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville.
"He took ownership of it and made a great shot," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "It was a great play by a big time player. He started the game with two big 3s and was just amped up."
Williams finished with 18 points -- scoring 13 of those in the opening half -- but he was more than willing to finish what he started in giving the Mustangs' their second straight overtime win to improve to 14-6 on the season while going to 6-2 in LSC play.
"We came out and it was back-and-forth early. Both teams came with great energy," Haggerty said. "All games seem like classics and this was just another one. It was play after play after play being made by both ball teams."
Junior forward Xavier Blackburn proved to be a different maker for MSU, notching his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points while pulling down 14 rebounds.
His efforts proved key in the Mustangs' controlling a commanding 51-33 edge on the glass resulting in a 17-5 advantage in second-chance points.
The Mustangs took control of the game with an 8-1 run near the end of the first half as DeVaughn Jones and Williams converted consecutive Texans' turnovers into layup for a 7-point lead as MSU stretched it to nine at halftime.
All the while, the Mustangs battled their way through a constant whistle as MSU finished the night with 32 fouls to Tarleton's 19.
But the Texans failed to take full advantage of opportunities, hitting just 27 of their 44 attempts from the charity stripe (61.4 percent).
Still, Tarleton battled back to tie the game on Chuck Guy's first triple of the game with 14:09 to play, setting the score at 46-all.
The Texans finally took their first lead of the second half after Guy followed a Tashawn Mabry trifecta with a free throw for a 63-62 advantage with 2:18 to play.
Then TSU's Damion Clemons connected on a pair on a pair of free throws with 49 seconds remaining in regulation as the Texans carried a 65-63 lead into the closing seconds.
But MSU senior DeJuan Plummer hit a driving layup with a foul with 37 seconds left, but failed to convert the three-point play giving the Texans' the ball on the final possession with the game tied.
However, De'Andre Upchurch's floater at the buzzer was off the mark to send the game to overtime.
The teams exchanged five buckets and one stop each in the extra period before Williams hit the game-winner with seconds remaining.
"Those were two teams slugging away in the overtime. You felt like if you could just get a couple of stops that you could come away with the win," Haggerty said. "We were able to do that late in the overtime."
Upchurch finished with 21 points to pace the Texans, who fell to 18-1 and 7-1.
It was the second time in MSU history that the Mustangs took down NCAA Division II's No. 2-ranked team as the Mustangs defeated No. 2 Sam Houston State 81-72 on Feb. 8, 1986. Midwestern improved to 6-4 against nationally ranked opposition in the Haggerty era.
MSU plays host to Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Midwestern State forward Andrea Carter delivered a career-high 25 points and notched her eight double-double of the season with 13 rebounds Wednesday night at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville.
But it wasn't enough to offset a 35-point, 21-rebound performance by Tarleton State's Kiara Wright as the TexAnns ended the Mustangs' three-game winning streak 78-75 in overtime.
"This is one of those games where you hate to see either team take a loss," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "The kids battled so hard and fighting every possession. We struggled with a few short shots at the end of the game and just couldn't get the rebounds we needed."
The Mustangs, who fell to 13-8 on the season and to 5-5 in LSC play, battled tooth and nail in a game that featured 20 lead changes and 17 ties.
Wright accounted for just under half of the TexAnns' points scoring 17 in the first half, 11 in the second and had seven of the team's 13 points in the overtime period.
"Kiara Wright is a great player," Johnson said. "Eleven of that was from the free throw line which you can give and take with however the game is being called."
Carter erupted for 19 of her 25 points after halftime and has now scored 20-or-more points in each of her last four games to raise her season averages to 15.3 points and 8.9 rebounds.
"I'm really sad for the girls because they played so hard," Johnson said. "Andrea Carter got off to a slow start, but she played with her heart tonight. The way she attacked the basket with the ball in her hands was just a credit to the type of player she is."
The Mustangs, who trailed by as many as eight points in the second, rallied to take their first lead of the second half when Lisa Hampton bombed in her lone triple of the game for a 56-54 lead with 5:22 to play.
The teams would exchange seven more times in regulation before Kirsti Degelia found Carter alone on a roll through the middle of the lane in the closing seconds. Carter laid in the tying basket with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
The battle continued as the teams exchanged the lead five more times before the Mustangs finally broke out to a 3-point advantage as Carter hit a pair of free throws before Shatoia Gober hit a runner in the lane for a 72-69 MSU lead with 1:56 to go.
But Wright would reel off the next seven points for the TexAnns before Dianna Jones finally broke through for a traditional three-point play to pull the Mustangs to back within a point at 76-75.
Tarleton State's Meagan O'Dell converted a pair of free throws, then Hampton misfired on an open 3-pointer from the right wing with 5 seconds to play. Wright snared the rebound to secure the win for the TexAnns.
Jones fought through foul trouble to notch her 10th double-figure effort of the season finishing with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Hampton and Degelia tallied 11 points each.
Midwestern State plays host to Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.