Mustangs ranked 10th in AFCA Division II Poll

Mustangs ranked 10th in AFCA Division II Poll
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Midwestern State continued its gradual ascent up the American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll jumping ahead another spot to No. 10 as released Monday afternoon.

The Mustangs improved to 3-0 for the third consecutive year and ninth time in 11 seasons with a 42-24 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State in its home opener Sunday night at Memorial Stadium.

Midwestern carries a national ranking for the 14th consecutive reporting period dating back to last season.

MSU is one of 11 teams from Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 2 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 5 Ashland (Ohio), No. 6 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 13 Ferris State (Mich.) and No. 17 Colorado Mesa.

Southwest Baptist (Mo.), West Texas A&M, Wayne State (Mich.), McKendree (Ill.), Colorado Mines and Western State (Colo.) are receiving votes.

The Mustangs hit the road to take on Western New Mexico Saturday afternoon at Ben Altamarino Field in Silver City. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (Central Time).

Darkness forces suspension of play at WNMU Intercollegiate, MSU eighth

Midwestern State junior Dominick Haskins provided the highlight of the day aceing the Par-3, 206-yard seventh hole in the opening round of the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate Monday at the Par-72, 7,139-yard Golf Club of Estrella.

But just like the sun, the Mustangs faded near the end of the second round to slide to eighth with a 28-over team before play was suspended due to darkness.

"We did not finish and we struggled the last several holes with some big numbers," MSU coach Jeff Raysaid. "Our experience doesn't seem to be helping. We are playing uninspired golf. Hopefully, we can rebound with a decent round."

Play picks up tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. (Central Time) with the final round to follow with the same pairings Tuesday morning.

Senior Thomas Smith is tied for 13th on the individual leaderboard firing an opening round 75 (+3) and was in the red for the first 12 holes of the second round which included back-to-back birdies on No. 8 and 9 before taking three bogies in a four-hole stretch to fall back to 4-over. He will complete the 15th and 16th holes when play continues.

Haskins is tied for 36th carding a 6-over 78 in the opening round is 3-over through the first 10 holes of the second round, while senior Jared Baker completed all 36 holes with scores of 75 and 77 to tie for 36th with an 8-over total 152.

Senior Colton Dorion tied 43rd with scores of 75 and 78 for a 9-over total of 153, while junior Trip Hobson completed all but one of the 36 holes and is tied for 63rd at 11-over incluiding a first-round 78 (+6).

Sophomore Chance Craig marked a pair of solid scores of 77 and 74 for a 7-over total of 151 playing as an individual medalist only.

West Texas A&M tops the team leaderboard finishing with scores of 286 and 300 for a 10-over total of 586 to hold a four-stroke lead over California Baptist.

Arizona Christian's Domenick Postorino fired a 5-under total of 139 (69-70) as one of three golfers in the red along with Colorado-Colorado Springs' Colin Prater (-3) and St. Mary's (Texas)'s Benjamin Arnett (68-74 142/-2).

Former MSU standout signs free agent deal with Utah Jazz

Former Midwestern State standout Eric Dawson signed a free agent deal with the Utah Jazz earlier this week.
The 6-9, 255-pound forward most recently played in the Philippines' Summer League where he averaged 18.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.2 blocks per game for the Blackwater Elite.
Dawson has played professionally for 11 teams in eight countries including a successful run in the NBA Developmental league during the 2011-12 season when played four games for the San Antonio Spurs. He was the 2012 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year for the Spurs' affiliate, the Austin Toros, who were coached by current Jazz leader Quin Snyder.
Dawson's career includes stops in China (Foshan and Heilongjiang), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago), Iran (Petrochimi), Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico (Leones), NBA (Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs), France (Chalon/Saor), Phillipines (Meralco Bolts), and NBA D-League (Austin Toros).
Dawson averaged 16.6 points and 10.6 rebounds in two seasons (2005-07) at Midwestern State. He earned All-LSC first-team honors in both seasons and was a Basketball Times second-team All American while helping the Mustangs to a conference title and a NCAA regional appearance in 2007.
He led all of college basketball with 23 double-doubles (points-rebounds) in 2006-07 and remains the program's career leader in blocks with 170.
Dawson joins Marcus Paige (North Carolina), Quincy Ford (Northeastern) and Henry Sims (Georgetown) as players who have signed on with Utah for the chance to compete for a roster spot during training camp.

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