Mustangs Earn LSC Conference Honors

Three Mustangs earn LSC postseason honors, Haggerty tabbed co-coach of the year

Midwestern State placed three on the All-Lone Star Conference squad and Nelson Haggerty garnered coach of the year for the second time in five seasons Tuesday night at the postseason tournament banquet.

Senior forward Khapri Alston was the lone MSU player to earn first-team honors for the out-right champion Mustangs while senior guard Bretson McNeal gained second-team honors. Junior forward Trevor Fuller was tabbed LSC Defensive Player of the Year.

Alston piled up a conference-best 10 doubles while averaging 13.4 points and a league-best 9.5 rebounds per game.

The 6-5 big man from Chicago erupted for career highs of 27 points and 25 rebounds earlier this season against Angelo State. The rebounds are the most of any player in a single game in NCAA scholarship basketball this season and were the sixth highest in program history. The 25 boards were also the most since original Cleveland Cavalier Gary Suiter pulled down 27 against Dallas Baptist during the 1968-69 season.

Alston scored in double figures in 21 games this season while leading the team during LSC play with 14.1 points and 10.4 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game.

McNeal leads the LSC in both 3-point shooting accuracy (43.1 percent) and steals per game (1.7) while averaging 12.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

The reigning LSC Preseason Player of the Year has scored in double digits 19 times this season with matching season highs of 22 against Oklahoma City and Eastern New Mexico.

McNeal ranks sixth on MSU's all-time 3-point makes list with 136.

Joining Alston on the first team are LSC Player of the Year David Chavlovich of West Texas A&M, Angelo State's Tre Bennent, Cameron's Jamaal Brantley and Tarleton State's E.J. Reed.

McNeal is joined on the second team by Texas A&M-Commerce's Anthony Adams and Bryant Crowder, Cameron's Deondre Ray and Angelo State's Stedman Allen.

Fuller, who ranks among the top defenders in all of college basketball, topped the all-defensive squad along with Crowder and Adams of Texas A&M-Commerce, Angelo State's Prince Foster and Cameron's Ray.

Fuller ranks second in NCAA Division II swatting 3.35 shots per game but upped the ante with by blocking four shots a game during LSC play.

The three-time LSC Defensive Player of the Week set league and school records with 11 blocked shots earlier this season against Angelo State and has logged at least four blocked shots in a game 10 times this season.

Fuller's 87 blocks are the second most in a single season for Midwestern trailing only former NBA player Eric Dawson, who had 96 in 2006-07.

Haggerty, who shared top coaching honors with Cameron's Nate Gamet, also earned accolades in 2012 leading MSU to the Elite Eight in his first season at the helm.

Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament play Wednesday at the Allen Event Center against Eastern New Mexico. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m.

With a win, the Mustangs advance to face either West Texas A&M or Cameron in the semifinal round also at 8:30. The championship game is set for Saturday at 5:30.                                                   

Taylor tabbed All-LSC Honorable Mention

Midwestern State sophomore guard Whitney Taylor was named an All-Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention selection, league officials announced Tuesday evening at the LSC pre-championship banquet.

Taylor has paced Midwestern State with 12.7 points per game this season while averaging 14.8 points during conference play. The Melissa native ranks fifth in the league in scoring and is shooting a conference-best 75.0 percent (63-of-84) from the free-throw line on the year. Taylor also cracks the top 10 in three-pointers made per game at 1.7 for fifth in the league, firing 38 percent (38-of-100) from behind the arc this season. 

Taylor has shined for the Mustangs during conference action, scoring in double figures in 14 of the last 15 games with five 20-point performances in that span, all coming away from D.L. Ligon Coliseum. She has posted 20-point outings in three of the last four games heading into the LSC Tournament including a career-high 26 points against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Feb. 17. Taylor's 14.8 points per game against LSC foes places her fourth in the conference while ranking fifth with a 39.7 three-point percentage and 1.9 triples per game. 

Overall, 19 student-athletes were recognized with all-conference accolades, voted on by the league's nine head coaches. 

Midwestern State opens up LSC Tournament play Wednesday at 6 p.m. as the Mustangs take on No. 1 seed West Texas A&M at the Allen Event Center.

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