WICHITA FALLS, TX - Senior guard Jordan Stevens dropped in 28 points to lead a trio of Mustangs in double figures as No. 25 Midwestern State snapped a four-game losing skid with an 84-75 win over Lone Star Conference leader West Texas A&M in a Highway 287 Challenge contest Wednesday evening at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Stevens was joined by senior forward Khapri Alston (12 pts.) and junior forward Trevor Fuller (10 pts.) in double figures to guide the Mustangs to a regular season sweep of West Texas A&M (19-8, 7-4 LSC).
In the first half, Midwestern State (17-5, 6-4 LSC) opened up a 15-point advantage just before halftime as the Mustangs shot 50 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes of the game.
With the game tied at 15 apiece, Stevens accounted for 12 of his 28 points in the final 8:33 of the opening period to help the Mustangs open up their largest lead of the game. A Stevens triple and a three-point play from junior forward Magnus Richards helped spark the Mustangs late in the first half, taking a 21-15 lead with 7:55 to play. Stevens followed by scoring nine of MSU's next 16 points with a pair of free throws giving the Mustangs a 37-22 advantage, their largest of the night, with 1:37 remaining.
Facing a 10-point deficit at the half, the Buffs pulled within six at 56-50 with 13 minutes to play after a layup by sophomore guard David Chavlovich, who led WT with 25 points on the night.
The Mustangs were able to keep WT at a distance until the Buffs put together an 11-0 run over a three-minute stretch to grab a 65-63 advantage following a pair of free throws from junior guard Eric Golightly Jr.
A three-point play from Alston began a 9-1 run for the Mustangs with 2:56 to play as the Buffs were limited to just one field goal down the stretch. A Fuller dunk with 58 seconds remaining sank any hope in a comeback for WT with Midwestern recording the 84-75 victory.
Stevens also led the Mustangs with six assists and three steals while Fuller recorded a team-best three blocks.
For WT, senior forward Jeff Bonner added 17 points while leading the Buffs with 11 rebounds for the double-double. Freshman forward Ryan Quaid also reached double digits with 10 points.
Midwestern shot 47.4 percent from the floor while holding WT to a 38.8 shooting percentage.
Midwestern State begins a two-game road swing Saturday in Portales, N.M., with a 5 p.m. matchup with Eastern New Mexico at Greyhound Arena.
No. 10/7 West Texas A&M shot 54.4 percent from floor and outscored Midwestern State 44-22 in the paint en route to a 74-48 win in a Highway 287 Challenge matchup Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Senior forward Zantaya Davis led the charge for West Texas A&M (21-2, 10-2 LSC) with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds. Senior guard Michaela Neuhaus also reached double figures with 12 points on 5-of-7 from the floor while junior guard Sasha Watson contributed eight points and a team-high eight assists and three steals.
A three-point play by senior guard Kathryn Odom gave Midwestern State (4-18, 3-9 LSC) its lone lead of the contest in the opening seconds of the game, before the Lady Buffs took control from there and went on top by as many as 14 points in the opening period.
WT increased its lead even further in the second quarter after holding the Mustangs to a 14.3 shooting percentage (2-of-14) for a 38-20 halftime score.
Midwestern saw its best period of the night come in the third, shooting 57.1 percent (8-of-14) to outscore the Lady Buffs 20-18 in the quarter. Led by the play of sophomore guard Krishawn Crockett, who scored all 12 of her points in the third period, the Mustangs reeled off an 11-3 run in a two-minute span to pull within 11 at 51-40 with 2:51 remaining.
However, the Lady Buffs would not let their lead dwindle any further, putting together a 13-0 spurt during a seven-minute scoring drought for the Mustangs that carried from the 2:51 mark in the third quarter until 5:51 remaining in the game. The Lady Buffs would increase their lead to as many as 27 down the stretch before claiming the 74-48 victory.
Sophomore guard Whitney Taylor paced the Mustangs with 15 points, having now scored in double figures in 10 of her last 11 contests. Senior forward Katie Brown led MSU on the glass with seven boards while Odom recorded a team-best three assists and matched Crockett with two steals to lead the Mustangs.
Midwestern State begins a two-game road trip Saturday as the Mustangs travel to Portales, N.M., for a 3 p.m. (CT) tip against Eastern New Mexico at Greyhound Arena.