ALLEN, TX (KAUZ) - After wrestling away the regular season title from four other contenders on the final week of the season in a parity-stricken LSC race all year, Midwestern State showed more dominance in its three victories this weekend at the Allen Event Center.
The Mustangs claimed the LSC Championship title with an 88-72 win over No. 2 seeded Angelo State Saturday night, winning all three games by at least double-digits.
Point guard Jordan Stevens led the Mustangs with 30 points for his third straight 20-point effort, making it no surprise he took home tournament MVP honors. Stevens' 72 points set an MSU tournament record for points in a postseason tourney. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Sheldon Hagigal and DeVaughn Jones, two players who came off the bench in all three games and most of the season.
The Mustangs have now won eight straight games and will likely retain their No. 1 regional ranking and host the South Central Regional tournament next week in Wichita Falls.
MSU won its first LSC tournament title since 2012, but now have a league-best seven championships, including four since the conference moved the tourney to a neutral site in 2008.
The Rams, who entered the game with No. 2 ranking in the region, fall to 23-6 and still should be one of the top seeds in the regional tournament.
ASU's only lead of the game was 2-0, but did manage to keep the game close for most of the first half. A running jumper by Hagigal at the halftime buzzer pushed MSU's lead to eight – 46-48 – at the break.
In the second, MSU continued pushed the lead up to 16 with the 10-minute mark and Angelo never could get the lead down to single digits.
MSU's substantial lead occurred despite a sizeable disadvantage in free-throw attempts. The Rams nearly doubled the Mustangs with a 36-19 edge in foul shots. But ASU didn't help its cause with just 3 of 21 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Mustangs controlled the paint with a 44-32 lead and outscored ASU in bench points 32-9.
Jordan Stevens, Midwestern State (MVP)
DeVaughn Jones, Midwestern State
Sheldon Hagigal, Midwestern State
Tre Bennett, Angelo State
Omari Gudul, Angelo State
• Jordan Stevens recorded his third-straight 20-point game in the Lone Star Conference Tournament with 30 points (13-of-17) to earn tournament MVP honors
• Stevens set the single LSC Tournament scoring record for Midwestern State with 72 points, breaking Nolan Richardson's three-game record of 67 set in 2009
• Stevens posted his 23rd double-figure scoring performance of the season and led the Mustangs in scoring for the eighth time, coming just one point shy of his career high
• De'Vaughn Jones and Sheldon Hagigal were also named to the All-LSC Tournament Team
• Midwestern State won its Lone Star Conference record seventh LSC Tournament title in its ninth championship game appearance
• The Mustangs have won titles in 1999, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016
• Midwestern State improved on its league-best winning percentage in the LSC Tournament at 28-9 (.757)