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Masterful Blackburn Leads MSU to 7th-Straight Win

Junior forward Xavier Blackburn erupted for a season-high 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead Midwestern State to a 78-68 win over Angelo State Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The win clinches no worse than the No. 2-seed for the Mustangs in next month's Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament by improving to 18-6 on the season and 10-2 in league play, claiming their season-best seventh-straight victory.

The Mustangs remain a game behind league-leading Tarleton State, who beat West Texas A&M 81-68 Wednesday night in Stephenville.

"X just had a monster night and gave us some big buckets when we really needed them," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "We've been wearing teams down all year with our depth. I was happy with the way we were able to finish out tonight."

MSU used a 13-0 spurt after Kenny Williams hit a pair of free throws to pull the Rams to within 62-61 with 5:08 to play.

Junior forward Tavarion Nix sandwiched four consecutive makes from the charity stripe around a jumper by Cam Adderley to push the lead to 68-61.

JaMichael Rivers finished consecutive fast-break layups including a traditional three-point play while Monzaigo Williams finished the run with a floater in the lane to give the Mustangs a commanding 75-61 lead with 1:49 to play.

The run broke open a game which featured 12 ties and 15 lead changes as the Mustangs pounded the glass by a 40-24 margin to finally put the game away.

Blackburn was nearly perfect on his way to his sixth double-double of the season connecting on 5-of-8 shots from the field with a 3-pointer while hitting 13-of-14 from the free throw line.

Rivers finished with a season-high 16 points, while Williams finished with 15 points and four assists.

Williams had 18 points and two rebounds to pace the Rams who fell to 16-8 and 6-6.

Midwestern State hits the road to face Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday at Steinke Center. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.      

Jones Leads Mustangs Past Rambelles

Midwestern State's Dianna Jones poured in a game-high 18 points and completed an all-around game with six rebounds and six assists to lead the Mustangs to a 69-58 win on Senior Night Wednesday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

MSU has now won six of its last eight games while improving to 16-9 on the season and to 8-6 in Lone Star Conference play.

The Mustangs led from tip to buzzer but had to repel a few Angelo State runs as the Rambelles erased a 10-point first-half advantage to tie the game at 37-37 three minutes into the second half.

But Midwestern peeled off the next seven points to reassert control of the game and would lead by as many as 16 points down the stretch.

Junior forward Andrea Carter completed her 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while senior guard Kristi Degelia connected on 7-of-10 free throws to finish with nine points and dished out five assists.

Junior forward Taylor Dowd added eight points off the bench, while sophomore Lynn Lumpkin-Boozer had four points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Rochelle Norris finished with 13 points and six rebounds off of the bench to lead the Rambelles who dropped to 13-11 and 7-7. Hillari Adams completed a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Midwestern State takes on Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday afternoon at Steinke Center. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.