Mustangs rout Greyhounds in LSC home opener, 90-56

Senior guard Jordan Stevens netted a career-high 31 points to lead four Mustangs in double figures as No. 6/2 Midwestern State won its 10th-straight game Saturday night with a 90-56 win over Eastern New Mexico at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Midwestern State (13-1, 2-0 LSC) shot 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the second half to run away from a rallying Eastern New Mexico (4-10, 0-2 LSC) in the second period.

Both teams struggled from the floor in the early going before the Mustangs put together an 8-0 spurt to take a 12-4 advantage with 11:37 to play in the first half. However, the Greyhounds answered with a run of their own a few minutes later to cut their deficit to two at 14-12 after a layup by junior forward Stephon Edwards with 7:53 remaining.

Stevens scored 14 of his 31 points in the final 7:12 of the first period, knocking down three triples and shooting 4-of-6 from the field to help the Mustangs grab a 39-23 halftime advantage.

The Greyhounds opened up the second half on an 8-1 run with an Edwards three-pointer making it a 40-31 contest less than two minutes into the frame. That would be the last time ENMU would trail by single digits with Stevens answering with a jumper on the other end to begin a 9-2 run for the Mustangs over the next two minutes.

A three-pointer from senior guard Brandon Golden pushed the MSU lead to 20 at 58-38 close to midway through the second half. Golden continued to remain hot from behind the arc, draining two more triples to give the Mustangs a 32-point lead at 87-55 with just over a minute to play. A fastbreak dunk by senior guard Hershell Grant capped off the night for the Mustangs, taking their biggest lead of the game at 34 with a 90-56 final.

Stevens finished 11-of-18 from the floor including 4-of-7 from long range while Golden added 14 points on 3-of-5 from three. Grant totaled 12 points while senior post Khapri Alston just missed his seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and nine boards.

Junior post Trevor Fuller paced the Mustangs with 10 boards while Grant and junior guard Pat Smith each dished out a team-high four assists.

Thanks to a strong shooting performance in the second period, the Mustangs finished with a 45.9 shooting percentage (28-of-61) for the game and were 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from three-point range. The Mustangs had an impressive night at the charity stripe, finishing with a season-high 25 made free throws in 30 attempts for 83.3 percent.

Edwards led three Greyhounds in double figures with 16 points while senior forward Lawrence Domingo added 15 points and sophomore guard Ladarius Stewart had 14. ENMU was held to 29.2 percent (19-of-65) from the field on the night and just 15.0 percent (3-of-20) from behind the arc.

Midwestern State returns to Ligon Coliseum Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against rival Tarleton State.