Mustangs torch St. Gregory's for eighth straight win

No. 9/1 Midwestern State dominated in every phase of the game rolling to a 103-57 win over St. Gregory's (Okla.) in its final pre-conference warmup Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
 
The Mustangs rolled to their eighth straight win to improve to 10-1 on the season led by a pair of career performances by Brandon Golden and Hershell Grant.
 
"The guys came out focused and really took to them each possession particularly in the first half," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "That was good to see after we didn't play as well on Thursday night."
 
Golden poured in six 3-pointers on his way to his first 20-point performance at MSU, while Grant shot 8-of-10 from the field and knocked down a pair of triples to salt away a final all-around line of 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
 
"It was Hershell's best effort of the season," Haggerty said. "Brandon has worked hard on both ends of the floor to fit into our system. His mind is right and he is playing well."
 
Midwestern grabbed 22 of the first 24 caroms of the game and ended with a commanding 56-31 edge on the glass resulting in a 21-2 advantage in second chance points.
 
The Mustangs used spurts of 15-2, 14-0 and 12-0 to open up a commanding 55-19 advantage at the half and extended the lead to as many as 48 points after intermission.
 
Senior point guard Jordan Stevens dropped in 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists to go along with two blocked shots and two steals to salt away an all-around effort.
 
Senior guard Bretson McNeal knocked down three 3-pointers on his way to 16 points while Magnus Richards (7 points, 3 rebounds) and Nick Powell (7 points, 8 rebounds) chipped in stellar efforts off of the bench.
 
Junior Pat Smith played a key role in piloting the Mustangs to a 52.9-percent shooting night by dishing out a career-high 10 assists.
 
Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference Wednesday night against West Texas A&M at the First United Bank Center in Canyon. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.