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Mustangs Ready for Reddies, Win Big

Midwestern State scored the first 10 points of the game and jumped out to a 20-3 lead Tuesday night against Henderson State.

Then the Mustangs never let up in rolling to a 78-46 victory to claim their third consecutive win to improve to 4-1 on the season.

"This was our best defensive effort of the season," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "I was proud of the guys for coming out ready to play. It was a good team effort."

Six different players connected on 3-pointers as 11 Mustangs found the score column while turning the game into a laugher in the early going.

Senior forward Xavier Blackburn hit 6-of-9 shots including a pair of 3-pointers for a game-high 14 points, while junior guard Bretson McNeal also hit a pair of treys on his way to 10 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists.

"We wanted Xavier to get comfortable with taking more shots," Haggerty said. "Bretson helped us in a lot of areas and added two steals, but he's been doing that for us every game."

Senior forward Tavarion Nix added 10 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes to lead a strong bench effort as Devante Pullum went for nine points in 23 minutes and Thad Rideau pitched in six points and dished out four assists.

The Mustangs led by as many as 20 points in the opening half, then put the game away with a 17-0 spurt at the start of the second half highlighted by 3-pointers by Hershell Grant, Derrell Gibbs, Rideau and Blackburn to push the lead to 58-28 with 12:59 to play.

MSU limited the Reddies to 31.1 percent shooting from the field while scoring in the 20s in both halves.

Grant added to the all-around effort with nine points, four rebounds and four assists while Gibbs had eight points, three rebounds and three assists.

Midwestern tips off the St. Mary's Thanksgiving Classic Saturday against Missouri Southern at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio before taking on host St. Mary's (Texas) on Sunday. Both games tip at 3 p.m.

Senior center Reggie Murphy had 10 points to lead Henderson State which dropped to 2-3 on the season.

Women Outlast OPSU for Win

The Midwestern State Mustangs used balanced scoring from their starting five to bounce the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies 92-76 on Tuesday night.

The Mustangs (5-1) were led by senior point guard Diana Jones scoring 19, and benefited from another Andrea Carter double-double (13 pts, 10 reb). Lisa Hampton poured in 15 points while Shatoia Gober added 15. Shambreka Jones narrowly missed the double-double mark, scoring 8 points and grabbing a team-high 15 rebounds.

Oklahoma Panhandle State (1-4) were crushed on the glass, being outrebounded by MSU 52-29. The Aggies did get a big spark from their starting guard combo of Kiera Waters and Sade Tutson who combined for 50 points.

The Mustangs shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, taking a 9 point lead with 13:29 to play in the first half. OPSU would claw back and take a one point lead briefly at the 5:13 mark only to have MSU reclaim the lead on the next possession. The Mustangs never looked back.

Although Midwestern shot worse in the second half (39.4pct), they made up for it by getting to the free throw line 25 times, connecting on 17.

Lisa Hampton kept the Aggies defense spread thin all night, splashing home 5-8 from three point land. Dianna Jones went 2-4 from beyond the line.

The win keeps the Mustangs atop the early season standings in the Lone Star Conference, with rivals Tarleton State and West Texas A&M currently with 2-1 records.

Andrea Carter's double-double keeps her as the best in the nation in division II in that category. The senior forward from Angleton, Texas has 5 double-doubles in just six games so far this season.

The Mustangs continue their four-game home stand after the Thanksgiving holiday, hosting Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) on Sunday, November 30. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.