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MEN'S BASKETBALL: D'Haiti, Williams pace Mustangs past A&M-Commerce, 75-63

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Monzaigo Williams and Eddie D'Haiti combined for 36 points to lead Midwestern State to its fourth straight 75-63 over Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

"This was a battle," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "Commerce is very talented and hard to guard. We stuck with it. Holding them to 30 in the first half was very big for us."

The teams battled neck and neck throughout much of the opening half exchanging eight ties and five lead changes before the Mustangs erupted on a 16-5 run over the closing 6:44 to turn a 25-22 deficit into a 38-30 halftime lead.

The run was largely fueled by senior guard JaMichael Rivers, who canned a pair of 3-pointers and finished a fast break with a dunk as he would finish with 10 points and reach double figures for the second straight home game.

But it was the playmaking of Williams which set the tone for MSU. The senior guard narrowly missed his second double-double of the season with 18 points and nine assists while turning the ball over just twice in 33 minutes. He was also active on the defensive end of the floor grabbing four rebounds and making four steals.

"Z was great tonight and is really in a groove right now," Haggerty said. "He made great decisions pushing the ball and did a great job of finding open guys."

D'Haiti knocked down three treys, but also dominated on the block finishing with a career-high 18 points while pulling down seven rebounds to go along with three blocked shots and a steal in 27 minutes.

"Eddie was a force on the block," Haggerty said. "We challenged him to go inside to get easy baskets. He had really great balance tonight."

Senior guard Cam Adderley drilled a season-high four 3-pointers while going 6-for-10 from the field as filled out a solid line with 16 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

"Cam had a great game," Haggerty said. "He made open shots and was able to get to the basket."

LaDon Carnegie led a trio of Texas A&M-Commerce players in double figures by going 7-of-8 from the field to finish with a game-high 22 points. Devondrick Walker added 14 points, while Christian Macauley had 11.

Midwestern State (15-6, 7-2) plays host to West Texas A&M Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Texas A&M-Commerce dipped to 14-7 and 3-6.

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Mustangs roll past Texas A&M-Commerce, 100-63

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State's Kirsti Degelia poured in a season-high 25 points to lead the Mustangs to a 100-67 win over Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

"I was really proud of how hard the girls played today," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "Transition was the key for us today and we were really able to push the tempo."

The Mustangs hit the lanes to rack up 25 fast-break points while dishing out 20 assists of 38 field goals. MSU finished the game shooting 54.3 percent from the field.

It was the first time the Mustangs hit the century mark since drilling Tarleton State 100-83 in last season's Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament semifinals in Allen.

Junior forward Andrea Carter narrowly missed her fourth consecutive 20-point performance finishing with 19 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Shatoia Gober notched her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Each of MSU's guards piled up assists as Dianna Jones led the way with six points and seven assists, while Degelia and Gober each dished out five helpers.

The bench got in on the scoring act as Lisa Hampton, Shambreka Jones and Lynn Lumpkin-Boozer each had eight points as the Mustangs finished with 32 points from their subs.

Devin Oliver splashed in 25 points to lead Texas A&M-Commerce, while Breanna Harris and Ashlee Jackson had 10 points each. The Lions fell to 4-16 on the season and to 3-8 in Lone Star Conference.

Midwestern State (14-8, 6-5) takes on West Texas A&M Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.