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MSU Hoops: Men Beat WT, Women Fall in OT

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Mustangs Roll to 5th Straight Win, Beat WT

Midwestern State rolled to its fifth straight win, taking a 74-63 decision over West Texas A&M in Lone Star Conference play Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls.

The Mustangs improved to 16-6 on the season while moving to 8-2 in league play, but remained a game back of Tarleton State, who claimed a 72-64 win at Angelo State.

The teams exchanged the lead eight times in the opening half before the Mustangs rattled off the final seven points of the half, keyed by a pair of transition layups by DeJuan Plummer to take a 30-24 lead into intermission.

That's when Eddie D'Haiti took over for MSU.

The senior forward from Orlando hit 7-of-8 shots after halftime accounting for 15 of his game-high 18 points to help the Mustangs push the lead to as many as 19 points down the stretch.

Plummer snapped out of a shooting funk connecting on 6-of-9 shots from the field for 15 points off of the bench. The senior from Detroit was limited to a total of one field goal and three points over the previous three games.

Junior forward Xavier Blackburn notched his fifth double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Monzaigo Williams scored 10 points and dished five assists.

Junior forward Tavarion Nix swatted five shots to lead defensive efforts as Midwestern matched their season-best shooting night by going 50 percent as a team (28-of-56) for the third time this season and won the battle on the boards (38-36) for the 12th consecutive game.

Senior guard Drimir Ferguson paced the Buffs with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while junior forward Antjuan Bell had 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Buffs shot 42.2 percent from the field, but stumbled mightily at the charity stripe (5-for-19/26.3 percent).

Midwestern State hits the road to take on Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at Greyhound Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The Hounds have won seven of their last nine.

West Texas A&M dipped to 10-12 overall and went to 2-8 in LSC play.

Mustangs Fall in OT to #5 Lady Buffs

No. 5 West Texas A&M got all it wanted from Midwestern State Wednesday night.

But the Lady Buffs outscored MSU 16-6 in the overtime session to slip out of D.L. Ligon Coliseum with an 87-77 win.

It was a replay of last season's Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament championship game and it had the same look as junior guard Dianna Jones drained a 3-pointer to tie the game with 24 seconds left.

WT senior Devin Griffin was fouled on her way to the basket with 1.8 seconds remaining, but both of her free throws were well off the mark to send the game into overtime.

The Mustangs held a brief lead in the extra period when Taylor Dowd converted a nice assist from Andrea Carter for a layup for a 73-72 edge 45 seconds into the overtime period.

The teams would match for a 75-75 tie after a Carter layup with 2:55 to play but the Lady Buffs rattled off a 12-2 run the rest of the way to claim their 13th straight to improve to 20-1 on the season and 11-0 in the LSC.

Carter finished the game with 18 points and eight rebounds, while senior guard Kirsti Degelia (10 points, four rebounds, four assists) and senior guard Dianna Jones (10 points, six assists, four rebounds) also finished in double figures.

Junior guards Janae McJunkins and Lisa Hampton pitched in nine points each off of the bench.

West Texas A&M senior forward Devin Griffin paced all scorers with 21 points and five rebounds, while Sally Higgins added 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in a reserve role.

Midwestern State (14-9, 6-6) takes on Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at Greyhound Arena in Portales. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.