MSU Mustangs Sweep Doubleheader vs A&M-Kingsville

#4/2 Men Rout Javelinas 95-50

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Senior guard Brandon Golden collected his first career double-double wearing the Maroon and Gold with 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to lead No. 4/2 Midwestern State to its largest Lone Star Conference win in program history Wednesday night in a 95-50 drubbing of Texas A&M-Kingsville at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The 45-point LSC victory surpassed the previous record of 41, set back on Feb. 9, 2000 in a 104-63 win at Eastern New Mexico.

Wednesday's win also matched Midwestern State's best 17-game start in program history (2009-10) as the Mustangs improved to 16-1 and 5-0 in LSC play. The Mustangs' current 13-game win streak ties for the seventh longest in program history and matches the longest of the Nelson Haggerty era, winning his first 13 games after taking over the helm of the program in 2011.  

The Mustangs shot 50 percent (36-of-72) from the field and knocked down 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from behind the arc, connecting on 10-plus three-pointers for the seventh time this season in their 17th-straight win over Texas A&M-Kingsville (9-7, 1-4 LSC).

Golden was joined in double figures by senior guards Bretson McNeal (16) and Jordan Stevens (16) and senior post Khapri Alston (10) with Alston narrowly missing his seventh double-double of the season with nine boards.

MSU came out of the gate on a 15-2 run in the first 7:42 of the contest following a three-pointer from Golden. The Mustangs held Texas A&M-Kingsville to just one field goal in the first nine-plus minutes of action before a layup by sophomore forward Elliot Taylor ended the TAMUK drought for a 22-6 game with 10:35remaining in the half.

The Mustangs continued to pour it on offensively throughout the first period, shooting 56.3 percent (18-of-32) from the field. MSU stretched its lead to as many as 28 points in the opening frame after a Stevens three put the Mustangs ahead 34-6 with 5:56 to play in the half.

MSU strung together a 14-5 run through the first four minutes of the second half to up the advantage to 36. A free throw by junior guard Sheldon Hagigal gave the Mustangs their first 40-point lead of the contest at 64-24 with just over five minutes into the half.

The Javelinas were unable to pull any closer the rest of the way as a three-pointer from sophomore forward Nick Powell gave MSU its largest lead of the game at 47 points with 1:14 to play at 95-48.

The Mustangs finished with a season-high 57 rebounds, out-rebounding the Javelinas by 26 for their largest margin on the glass this season. MSU also totaled a season-best 26 assists with Stevens leading the way with seven. Junior forward Trevor Fuller recorded three blocks, his 10th three-plus block outing of the season, to help the Mustangs match a season-best 12 on the night.

Senior guard Jamar Goodwin led TAMUK with 13 points while senior forward Troy Jones added 10 points and a team-best eight boards for the Javelinas, who were held to 27.6 percent shooting (16-of-58).

Midwestern State returns to action Saturday at 4 p.m. against No. 11 Angelo State at the Junell Center in San Angelo.

Mustangs Earn Third-Straight Home Win

Behind double-doubles from junior forward Jennifer Sissel and senior forward Katie Brown, Midwestern State recorded its third-straight win inside D.L. Ligon Coliseum with a 55-44 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville Wednesday evening.

Sissel posted a team-high 16 points, her fourth double-figure scoring performance in the last five outings, while totaling 11 rebounds. Brown tallied a career night with a career-best 10 points and 17 boards, including nine offensive rebounds for the 19th-highest rebound total in program history. Sophomore guard Whitney Taylor extended her double-digit scoring streak to five games with 12 points on the night.

With the victory, Midwestern State (4-12, 3-3 LSC) has now won nine of the last 10 and six straight over the Javelinas dating back to the 2010-11 season.

MSU built an 8-0 advantage to control the momentum early, just as the Mustangs did in their previous two home wins over Eastern New Mexico and Tarleton State.

Texas A&M-Kingsville (5-10, 0-5 LSC) answered an 8-0 MSU run with a 7-4 spurt to close out the frame, with senior guard Ashley Viera converting a four-point play to make it a 12-7 score after one.

The Javelinas took their first lead of the game at the 7:29 mark in the second period as TAMUK knocked down five triples in a 13-minute span, capped off by a trey from junior guard Kaylin Roher for a 16-14 advantage. Roher led the Javelinas with 14 points on the night.

Four different Mustangs contributed for the MSU offense in a 14-5 run to close out the half and take a 28-21 lead into the break.

It was a strong third period for the Mustangs, building a 20-point advantage with 1:45 to play in the quarter following a three-pointer from freshman guard Alyssa Jones. MSU outscored TAMUK 21-8 in the period while limiting the Javelinas to 21.4 percent (3-of-14) shooting. Sissel notched seven of her 16 points in the quarter, giving the Mustangs their first double-digit lead of the night with 5:50 to play in the frame at 36-26.

A Brown layup with 6:47 remaining gave MSU a 54-34 lead before the Javelinas ended the game on a 10-1 run. MSU committed 10 of its 24 turnovers in the quarter while being held to an 18.2 shooting percentage (2-of-11).

The Mustangs forced 25 Javelina turnovers for the game, turning those miscues into 26 points on the other end.

Brown and Sissel led the Mustangs to a season-high 49 rebounds, out-rebounding the Javelinas by 13. MSU also matched a season-best 15 assists on 20 made baskets, led by a team-high three from freshman guard Anni Scholl.

The Mustangs shot 34.5 percent (20-of-58) while holding the Javelinas to 30.2 percent (16-of-53) from the floor.

Midwestern State hits the road Saturday for a 2 p.m. tipoff against Angelo State at the Junell Center in San Angelo.