MSU Falls in Polls, But Not Far

Mustangs Slip to 6th in NABC Poll

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Midwestern State slipped two spots to No. 6 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches' Division II rankings released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs had their 13-game winning streak snapped in a 91-83 overtime loss at Angelo State Saturday night at Junell Center to fall to 16-2 on the season.

It was the longest winning streak since MSU won the first 13 games of the 2011-12 season on the way to a third straight Elite Eight appearance.

The Mustangs were one of four teams in the last week's top-six to suffer losses as No. 1 West Liberty (W. Va.) dropped games to Concord (W. Va.) and Wheeling Jesuit (W. Va.), No. 5 Eckerd (Fla.) lost to Embry Riddle (Fla.) and No. 6 Bellarmine (Ky.) suffered defeat at Wisconsin-Parkside.

The upheaval allowed Augustana (S.D.) to ascend to the top spot, receiving all but one of the 16 first-place votes. The Vikings have won their last 17 games since taking a season-opening setback to Washburn (Kan.).

Fairmont State (W. Va.) (16-1), whose lone loss came at West Liberty, took over the No. 2 spot while No. 3 Minnesota State-Moorhead, No. 4 Western Oregon and No. 5 Wheeling Jesuit round out the first five.

Midwestern is one of five teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll. The sixth-ranked Mustangs are joined by No. 14 Angelo State (Texas), No. 20 Fort Lewis (Colo.) and No. 22 Tarleton State (Texas) while Arkansas-Fort Smith is receiving votes.

Midwestern State resumes the Red River Rivalry with Cameron (Okla.) Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

MSU Down to 3rd in D2 Media Poll

Midwestern State slipped one spot to No. 3 in the D2 Media Poll released Tuesday afternoon by the D2 Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.

The Mustangs had their 13-game winning streak snapped in a 91-83 overtime loss at Angelo State Saturday night at Junell Center to fall to 16-2 on the season.

It was the longest winning streak since MSU won the first 13 games of the 2011-12 season on the way to a third straight Elite Eight appearance.

Augustana (S.D.) ascended to the top spot receiving all but one of the 14 first-place votes. The Vikings have won their last 17 games since taking a season opening setback to Washburn (Kan.).

West Liberty (W. Va.), last week's No. 1, dropped 11 spots to No. 12 after dropping games to Concord (W. Va.) and Wheeling Jesuit (W. Va.).

Western Oregon (16-2) moved ahead two spots to No. 2 receiving 311 votes, while Midwestern received the only other first-place nod and 310 votes to land at No. 3.

Fairmont State (W. Va.) and Minnesota State-Moorhead tied for fourth to round out the first five.

Midwestern is one of six teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll. The third-ranked Mustangs are joined by No. 9 Angelo State (Texas) and No. 17 Tarleton State (Texas) while Texas A&M International, Fort Lewis (Colo.) and Arkansas-Fort Smith are receiving votes.

Vote Khapri Alston as Hero of the Week!

Midwestern State forward Khapri Alston's monster game against No. 11 Angelo State has the senior in contention for the HeroSports.com Player of the Week.

Fans are invited to vote for the honor at the Hero Sports web site.

Alston's 25-rebound effort against No. 11 Angelo State were the most by any scholarship player in NCAA this season.

The senior from Chicago logged career highs with 27 points and 25 rebounds against the Rams to help the Mustangs push the game into overtime. The 25 rebounds are tied for the sixth most in school history and are the most since former original Cleveland Cavalier Gary Suiter snagged 27 against Dallas Baptist on Nov. 30, 1968.

This came on the heels of a 10-point, 9-rebound, 2-block performance in just 21 minutes Wednesday as the Mustangs posted their largest margin of victory against an LSC opponent by pasting Texas A&M-Kingsville, 95-50.

Alston's seventh double-double of the season aided his averages to 18.5 points and 17.0 rebounds last week while shooting 51.9 percent from the field.

He is averaging 14.2 points and 13.2 rebounds in 28.8 minutes per game during Lone Star Conference play.