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MSU Roundup: Blackburn Earns 5th Weekly Honor

Midwestern State's Xavier Blackburn garnered Lone Star Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday when league officials announced weekly awards.

The 6-4 forward from New Iberia, La. dropped in matching career highs of 24 points to lead the Mustangs to wins over Angelo State and Texas A&M-Kingsville to advance MSU's season-best winning streak to eight games.

Blackburn notched his sixth double-double of the season while scoring 24 points and snatching 12 rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a 78-68 win over Angelo State Wednesday night. He connected on 5-of-8 shots from the field with a 3-pointer while knocking down 13 of his 14 free throws against the Rams.

The swingman stayed hot Saturday at Kingsville going 9-for-12 from the field with two treys while going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe on his way to another 24-point outing while grabbing six more boards in an 83-60 win over Javelinas.

For the week, Blackburn shot 70 percent from the field (14-of-20) with three 3-pointers and was 17-of-18 from the free throw line to average 24.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while throwing in a block and three steals.

The honor is Blackburn's fifth this season, but first offensive as he earned defensive player of the week accolades four times (1/6, 1/13, 2/10, 2/17).

He shared top offensive honors with Tarleton State's De'Andre Upchurch, who scored a career-high 38 points Saturday night against Eastern New Mexico. TSU senior forward Jon Cathey-Macklin earned defensive accolades after averaging 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in wins over West Texas A&M and ENMU.

Midwestern State hits the road to take on Cameron Saturday night at Aggie Gym. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

The Mustangs can claim a share of an eighth LSC title with a win over the Aggies on Saturday coupled with a Tarleton State loss at Texas A&M-Commerce.

Dambold Leads Mustangs after 1st Round at CBU Invitational

Midwestern State freshman Hayley Dambold is tied for fourth individually and led the Mustangs to a fifth place standing after the first round of the California Baptist Invitational on Monday in Riverside, Calif.

Dambold, a freshman from Highland Village, Texas/Flower Mound Marcus, toured the par 73, 5,842-yard Victoria Club course at 2-over-par 75 to tied with Crystal Wang of Academy of Art (Calif.). The duo is five strokes behind Cal Baptist's Tina Yang who fired a 3-under 70 in the first round. Glory Jangthongsiri of West Texas A&M and Kari Gordon of Redlands (Calif.) are three strokes behind the lead at even-par 73.

"Hayley was very impressive from tee-to-green," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "She played well and had a solid round. I'm very proud of the way she played today."

Dambold's 75 help the Mustangs to a 321 team score in the first round, that is fifth in the 12-team tournament. Host California Baptist leads the competition at 303, with West Texas A&M second at 310 and a tie for third between Redlands and Academy of Art at 315.

Junior Brenna Moore, who is battled through the round despite some illness, posted a 6-over 79 that is tied for 15th.

Sophomore Kynze Mann put up an 83, with Sierra Campbell and 84 and Madison Smith a 90.

"This is a great golf course, very fair. We didn't play particularly well as a team today, we've been up and down lately," said Ray. "We can score well on this course, we just didn't today. This is a great regional tournament and great experience for this young team."

The final round of the tournament is Tuesday.

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