#20 Mustangs rally from early deficit to beat Adams St.

Sheldon Hagigal scored 27 points on 7-of-10 3-point shooting to lead the #20 Mustangs past ASU Monday night / Source: KAUZ
Sheldon Hagigal scored 27 points on 7-of-10 3-point shooting to lead the #20 Mustangs past ASU Monday night / Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Senior Sheldon Hagigal poured in a career-high 27 points as 20th-ranked Midwestern State overcame a torrid start by Adams State to roll to a 103-88 win Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
 
The Mustangs improved to 3-0 for the second straight year and for the fifth time in the Nelson Haggerty era, while ASU dropped to 0-3.
 
The Grizzlies came out firing knocking down their first five shots from beyond the arc to roll out to a 15-2 lead, but Hagigal and true freshman Logan Hicks sparked Midwestern off of the bench combining for eight triples before half to spur a 26-4 MSU run.
 
The Mustangs pushed the advantage to 53-40 when Hicks buried his fourth 3-pointer of the first half with 52 seconds to play.
 
Junior guard Devante Pullum fired in two more 3s before intermission as the Mustangs combined for double-digit makes from beyond the arc for the third straight game.  In all, the Mustangs connected on 15 3-pointers which were the most since Nolan Richardson's program record 10 triples led MSU to a total of 19 -- also a team single game record -- against East Central (Okla.) on Jan. 5, 2009.
 
Adams State wouldn't go away in the second half as the Grizzlies cut the MSU lead to single digits on four occasions, but each time the Mustangs had an answer.
 
ASU impressed on the offensive end of the floor hitting 50.9 percent from the field with 13 3-pointers of its own and even won the rebound battle with a plus-6 margin, but couldn't wrest the lead away from the hot shooting Mustangs.
 
Pullum finished with three 3-pointers on his way to an 18-point, 7-assist performance, while Hicks notched double figures for the second consecutive game going for 17 points and five assists.
 
Senior forward Magnus Richards added to MSU's offensive groove with a season-best 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
 
Brandon Umoru notched a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace Adams State.

Midwestern State hosts the Patterson Auto Group Classic this weekend at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. The Mustangs take on Our Lady of the Lake out of San Antonio Friday at 7:30 before taking on St. Mary's (Texas) Saturday at 6 p.m.

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