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WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State slipped three spots to No. 23 in the D2 Media Poll sponsored by the Division II Sports Information Directors of America and are receiving votes in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs bounced back from a 72-55 loss to 7th-ranked Angelo State Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum to take a 75-71 decision over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Sunday to move to 16-4 on the season.

Midwestern hits the road to take on Cameron Saturday afternoon as the Red River Rivlary resumes at Aggie Gym. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

The Mustangs are one of seven teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the D2 Media Poll joining No. 7 Angelo State (Texas), No. 11 Colorado Mines, No. 12 Colorado-Colorado Springs, No. 19 Metropolitan State (Colo.) and No. 25 Tarleton State (Texas) while Texas A&M-Commerce is receiving votes.

Indianapolis (Ind.) overtook Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) at the No. 1 spot as the Greyhounds improved to 17-0 with wins over Southern Indiana, McKendree and Illinois-Springfield last week.

No. 3 Barry, No. 4 Augustana (S.D.0 and Florida Southern round out the first five.

Midwestern fell out of the NABC Top 25 after jumping into the poll at No. 23 last week.

The Mustangs are one of eight teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 8 Angelo State, No. 9 Colorado-Colorado Springs, No. 11 Metropolitan State, No. 12 Tarleton State, No. 13 Colorado Mines, No. 23 St. Edward's (Texas) and No. 25 Texas A&M-Commerce.

Indianapolis retained the top spot in the NABC poll followed by Lincoln Memorial, Florida Southern, Barry and Augustana.

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State moved back into the D2 Media Poll sponsored by the Division II Sports Information Directors of America Tuesday afternoon as the Mustangs also continued to receive votes in the USA Today Sports/WBCA Top 25.

MSU bounced back with wins over Angelo State and Texas A&M-Kingsville last week to match the best start in program history at 15-3.

The Mustangs continue Lone Star Conference play Saturday afternoon against Cameron at Aggie Gym in Lawton. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

MSU returned to the D2 Media Poll at No. 22 a week after falling from No. 6 to out of the rankings after suffering consecutive losses to Tarleton State and Texas Woman's.

The Mustangs are one of four teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 6 West Texas A&M and No. 16 Colorado Mesa while Lubbock Christian (Texas) is receiving votes.

Midwestern moved up one spot to No. 3 in the D2 Media Poll's South Central Region Rankings behind West Texas A&M and Colorado Mesa.

MSU is one of four teams from the region to receive votes in the USA Today/WBCA Top 25 joining No. 7 West Texas A&M while MSU, Colorado-Colorado Springs and Colorado Mesa are receiving votes.

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State senior center Shadow Stokes garnered one more All America honor Tuesday earning second team honors.

Stokes, a senior from Kilgore, became the fourth offensive lineman in MSU history to repeat as a Daktronics all-region selection last month joining All-Americans Tony Burson (2006, 2007), Amini Silatolu (2010, 2011) and Ken Van Heule (2011, 2012) as Mustangs to achieve the feat.

Stokes is a two-time All-Lone Star Conference performer who also became the third MSU offensive lineman to garner LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in the last five seasons last month.

He was tabbed to the All-Super Region Four's second team by Daktronics and Don Hansen's Football Gazette in 2013 and was a Beyond Sports Network all-region pick in 2014.

The 6-3, 290-pounder anchored an offensive line which paved the way for NCAA Division II's ninth best rushing attack (274.5 yards per game) as the Mustangs also ranked 14th in total offense churning out 493.7 yards per game.

The All America Team was selectedby the staff of the with input from coaches, scouts, media members and sports information directors from around the country.

Interestingly, three former Midwestern State student-athletes earned All America honors -- all at the wide receiver position.

Henderson State's Darius Davis (56 rec., 1,261 yards, 18 TD) and Texas A&M-Commerce's Vernon Johnson (77 rec., 1,258 yards, 12 TD) earned first-team honors while Texas A&M-Commerce's Ricky Collins (71 rec., 1,187 yards, 14 TD) was named to the second team.

Angelo State junior defensive lineman Clayton Callicutt was the only other member of the Lone Star Conference on the second team while eight league members gained honorable mention.