Mustangs win streak snapped in overtime loss to Angelo State

WICHITA FALLS, TX -  Despite a 27-point, 25-rebound performance from senior post Khapri Alston, No. 4/2 Midwestern State suffered a 91-83 overtime loss to No. 11/13 Angelo State Saturday at the Junell Center as the Rams knocked down 10 three-pointers and forced 22 turnovers to snap a 13-game win streak for the Mustangs.

Alston notched the seventh double-double of the season with his career-best outing, recording the most rebounds by a NCAA Division II player this season. However, Midwestern State (16-2, 5-1 LSC) committed its second-highest turnover total of the season as Angelo State (15-3, 3-3 LSC) recorded 24 points off the 22 miscues.

The Mustangs were also held to 25.9 percent (7-of-27) from behind the arc while shooting just 60.9 (14-of-23) from the free-throw line.

A six-minute field goal drought in the latter part of the second half prevented the Mustangs from going in front of ASU until a layup by senior guard Hershell Grant brought MSU within four at 73-69 with 1:52 to play. Senior guard Jordan Stevens came alive for the Mustangs down the stretch in the second half, evening the contest at 74 apiece after five-straight points to send the game into overtime.

After Alston answered an ASU three with a three-point play on the other end, a triple by ASU junior forward Thomas Tshikaya gave the Rams an 88-83 lead with 37 seconds to play. An MSU turnover on the ensuing possession sealed the win for ASU as the Rams hit 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in the final seconds.

The Rams went 4-of-5 from the field with three triples to take an 11-4 advantage on the Mustangs with just over three minutes into the game. MSU began to cut down the ASU lead over the next several minutes before an Alston jumper gave the Mustangs their first lead at 15-14 with 13:26 remaining.

Golden, who added 15 points and six boards, heated up from behind the arc late in the first period, firing 3-of-3 from deep to give the Mustangs a 31-29 lead with five minutes left in the half. The Rams responded with a 7-0 spurt with a layup by senior forward Stedman Allen capping off the ASU run for a 36-31 lead with 3:39 to play. Alston scored three-straight buckets for the Mustangs in the final 1:54 of the half to put MSU ahead 40-38 at the break, notching a double-double in the first 20 minutes of play with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

ASU put together a 6-0 run to open the second half to claim a 44-40 lead. The Rams were able to stay a step in front of the Mustangs a majority of the period until a Golden layup tied the game up at 62 apiece with 8:06 remaining. MSU relied on free throws to hang close with ASU until Grant's layup with less than two minutes to play in the second period.

The Mustangs were held to 41.9 percent (31-of-74) from the floor while the Rams shot 44.8 percent (30-of-67) on the afternoon and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from three.

Junior guard Quay King led the Rams with 21 points and eight boards.

Midwestern State returns home next Saturday for a 6 p.m. tipoff against Cameron at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.