WICHITA FALLS, TX - Midwestern State added another chapter to its season of streaks in a 70-66 loss to Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs dropped their fourth straight game for the first time since losing consecutive games against Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Kingsville, West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico during the 2005-06 season to fall to 16-5 on the season and 5-4 in Lone Star Conference play.
Texas A&M-Commerce claimed its first win at D.L. Ligon Coliseum since the 2003-04 season while snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Mustangs. MSU had won 17 of the last 18 against the Lions dating back to the start of the 2005-06 season.
Midwestern will try to snap out of the funk Wednesday night when it plays host to league-leading West Texas A&M under the dome. The Buffs boast an LSC-best seven-game winning streak going to 19-7 on the season and 7-3 in league play. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Texas A&M-commerce (16-6, 5-4) made shots when it mattered down the stretch as the Lions connected on six consecutive shots beginning with a 3-pointer by Everett Pleasant from the left wing with 8:47 to play for a 49-44 lead.
De'Andre Carson hit a triple from the right wing on the next possession and would eventually push the lead to 64-56 with 2:56 to go when Anthony Adams hit a 15-footer from the elbow.
The Mustangs managed to hang in the game by forcing A&M-Commerce into 19 turnovers highlighted by Bretson McNeal's six-steal performance.
That was nearly negated by MSU's worst shooting night of the season as the Mustangs hit on 34.8 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from the 3-point arc.
Still, Midwestern made one final charge on a 6-0 run fueled by a three-point play by Khapri Alston and a 3-pointer by Jordan Stevens to pull the Mustangs to within 66-63 with 1:56 to play.
But Bryant Crowder, who scored 21 points and added six blocked shots to lead the Lions, muscled his way for a second-chance layup with 55 seconds remaining and Jeremy Jones hit two free throws to push the lead back to 70-643 with 14 seconds remaining.
Stevens connected on another 3-pointer but it wasn't enough for the Mustangs.
Alston paced the Mustangs with 18 points and six rebounds, while Stevens chipped in 11 points and five rebounds.
Junior forward Trevor Fuller led the Mustangs on the defensive end with six blocked shots.