Midwestern State senior duo Bretson McNeal and Khapri Alston flashed senior form Wednesday night, leading in a 108-55 win over Huston-Tillotson in exhibition play at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
"Bret and Khapri are counted on to provide great leadership," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "They are getting the job done both on and off the floor. That's a great benefit for this team and this program."
McNeal buried six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists, while Alston bullied his way to an 8-of-10 shooting night on the way to 19 points and seven rebounds.
But it was the acrobatics of Trevor Fuller that gave the Mustangs separation from the Rams in the early going.
The junior from Dallas scored eight consecutive points to ignite a 20-2 run including three dunks as MSU turned a 9-8 deficit at the 16:17 mark of the opening half into a 28-11 lead with 10 minutes left until halftime.
Fuller, who had 12 points and blocked four shots, slammed in another dunk to start another 7-0 run which culminated with a McNeal's fourth triple of the first half and layup by Alston as the Mustangs led 47-25 at the break.
MSU pushed the lead to as high as 57 points as the rout was on in the second half.
Senior guard Jordan Stevens added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists as four MSU players landed double figures.
Sophomore Nick Powell led MSU bench mob with nine points, while junior Sheldon Hagigal pitched in seven. Mike Udume, Pat Smith and Matt Pollard all had four points each.
Seven DeVaughn Jones pitched in five points, eight rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes off of the bench.
Rodney Brown scored 11 points to lead Huston-Tillotson, which fell to 1-2 on the season.
Midwestern State opens the regular season Sunday night against NAIA Oklahoma City at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Head coach Noel Johnson and the Midwestern State women's basketball program are excited to announce that Mica Schneider has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Mustangs for the 2016-17 season.
A 5-7 guard, Schneider hails from Boerne, Texas, lettering four seasons for head coach Amy Ruede at Boerne High School.
In 2015, Schneider was named the District 29-4A MVP while averaging 18.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals her junior season. For her efforts, she was recognized with first team all-state accolades by the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA), Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and Texas Basketball Magazine. Schneider was also tabbed to the TABC All-Region Team for the third-straight season.
"Mica is a dynamic guard and has great vision on the floor offensively," Johnson said. "She can shoot and finish at the rim and she's athletic and a very hard worker on the offensive end. Defensively, she does a great job of putting herself in position to create some opportunities for her team to get some offense. She has great timing and is a shot blocker as well."
Schneider was named a first team all-district selection as a freshman and sophomore, claiming third team all-state honors during her sophomore campaign with an average of 12.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 steals a game.
For her career, Schneider has recorded 1,446 points, 403 rebounds, 376 assists, 351 steals and 70 blocks. She has also been a threat behind the arc, netting 167 three-pointers in three seasons.
During her prep career with the Greyhounds, Schneider has helped BHS to three regional tournaments including two regional final appearances as well as three-straight district crowns.
Schneider has also succeeded in the classroom with a 96.7 grade-point average as a member of the National Honor Society. She has been named an academic all-district selection all three years of her high school career while also being selected as an All-Around Sophomore.