#14 Mustangs Clobber Oklahoma Christian

#14 MSU Men Roll Past OC

Five different players scored in double figures as No. 14-ranked Midwestern State blasted Oklahoma Christian 99-66 for its fourth straight win Friday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs head into finals break with a 7-1 record and a full head of stream, while OC dropped to 2-5 in its first season as a full member of NCAA Division II.

Bretson McNeal buried four 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 16 points while grabbing five rebounds and recording three steals in just 19 minutes, but the senior guard from Minneapolis had plenty of teammates ready and willing to share the scoring load.

Seniors Khapri Alston and Jordan Stevens scored 13 points each, while junior guard Sheldon Hagigal and senior forward DeVaughn Jones pitched in 12 and 11 points, respectively, off of the bench.

The Mustangs blistered the nets at a 55.6-percent clip extending the lead to as many as 26 points in the opening half.

MSU continued the hot shooting the second half hitting on 51.4 percent of its shots to grow the lead to as many 38 points.

Midwestern is shooting 50.4 percent through the first eight games of the season which ranks second in the Lone Star Conference.

The Mustangs continue to lead the league in field goal percentage defense after holding Oklahoma Christian to a 37.7 percent shooting night.

MSU limited OC junior center John Moon to 6-of-15 shooting as he finished with 16 points and four rebounds. The 7-footer from Crescent, Okla. brought averages of 22.5 points and 10.5 rebounds into the contest. Former Burkburnett Bulldog star Elijah Strickland also chipped in 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting for the Eagles.

Midwestern State takes on Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) next Saturday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

Mustang Soccer Duo Named NSCAA All Americans

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced Thursday evening that Midwestern State senior forward Albert Rodriguez and junior midfielder Flavio Guzman were selected as two of 40 student-athletes from across the nation to earn NSCAA NCAA Division II Men's Soccer All-America honors.

Rodriguez and Guzman become the 40th and 41st Midwestern State men's soccer all-Americans dating back to 1977 when David Wooley earned the first honor with NAIA First Team All-America status.

Midwestern State earned multiple NSCAA All-Americans for just the third time in program history Thursday. In 1988, Parker Cowand and Mark Warrior were both tabbed first teamers while Daniel Woolard was a first team selection and Brandon Swartzendruber a second team pick in 2006.

Rodriguez is the 20th player in MSU men's soccer history to garner first team all-American status, and just the sixth NSCAA First Team All-America selection for the Mustangs. He is the first MSU player to capture first team accolades since 2010 when Ryan Spence, Raul Herrera and Nathan Fitzgerald were named Daktronics First Team All-Americans following MSU's NCAA Final Four run. Rodriguez is the first NSCAA first teamer since Woolard earned the distinction in 2006.

Rodriguez had a breakout senior campaign, leading the region in six offensive categories and ranking in the top 15 nationally in seven categories with 17 goals, eight assists and 42 points in 2015.

A native of Oak Cliff, Rodriguez inked his name into the program's record books, ranking fifth in single-season goals and eighth in single-season points. His team-best five game-winning goals was also good enough for fifth in the MSU record books.

In just two seasons in the Maroon and Gold, Rodriguez totaled 22 goals, 10 assists, 54 points, 164 shots and 70 shots on goal. He finished sixth in the record books in career shots, seventh in shots on goal, 29th in goals and 33rd in points. He also appeared at sixth with seven game winners during his career.

Guzman quickly announced his presence at the NCAA Division II level this season after redshirting his first season with the Mustangs in 2014. The center mid was second for the Mustangs in scoring with 10 goals and 24 points while starting in all 19 matches.

The Oak Cliff native tallied two game-winning goals this season including one over then-No. 6 St. Edward's in a comeback win for the Mustangs. Guzman ranked seventh in the region in both total goals and points and was 51st nationally in goal scored and 67th in points.

It was quite a week for Rodriguez and Guzman after both also collected all-region first team accolades from the NSCAA and the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA).

The MSU duo were two of four student-athletes to earn all-America honors from the South Central Region, being joined by Colorado Mines' Nikolaus Grotz (3rd team) and St. Edward's Josh Taylor (3rd team).

Rodriguez and Guzman paced the Mustangs to a 17-1-1 record in 2015 with a trip to the South Central Region title match before a 4-3 overtime defeat to Colorado Mines. The Mustangs recorded just their third undefeated regular season in the program's 44 years while securing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history.