WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - No. 11 Angelo State put together a 24-10 run over a 10-minute span in the second half to erase a nine-point deficit and remain undefeated on the season as the Rams handed Midwestern State its third-straight defeat in a 75-72 win Thursday evening at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Angelo State (6-0, 1-0 LSC) led for all 20 minutes of the opening period after beginning the game on an 11-2 run thanks to six points from Quay King. The Rams claimed as much as a 14-point lead in the first half before Midwestern State (6-4, 0-3 LSC) went on a 7-0 spurt in the final 3:08 to trim its deficit to 36-32 at the half.
The Mustangs took their first lead of the game with 17:31 remaining in the contest following a layup by Devante Pullum to give MSU a 40-39 advantage. Midwestern extended its lead to as many as nine with Igor Ibaka scoring seven-straight points for the Maroon and Gold before a Brandon Neel layup put the Mustangs ahead 49-40 with 15:02 to play.
Following a layup for Nemanja Krtolica that gave Midwestern a 58-49 advantage, the Rams pulled within one after a Gustavs Puhovs three-pointer and a pair of baskets from King. The Mustangs denied Angelo State from pulling ahead with Pat Smith connecting on a triple and Neel adding a layup to stretch the lead back out to six with 6:27 remaining.
Puhovs and King continued to lead the ASU offense, scoring the next seven points for the Rams with a Puhovs jumper with 4:59 to play giving Angelo its first lead in over 12 minutes of action at 65-64.
The Rams grabbed a five-point lead with two minutes remaining following a layup for Lorenzo Dillard and a King triple. A jumper for Nick Powell with two seconds left brought the Mustangs within a possession before an Angelo State turnover gave MSU a chance for a desperation three with just 0.4 ticks left. However, MSU's last-second attempt was off the mark with the Rams escaping with the win.
Midwestern State fell to 0-3 in conference play for the first time since the 2007-08 season when the Mustangs dropped their first three games in league action before snapping their skid with a win over No. 14 Abilene Christian.
Ibaka led the Mustangs in scoring for the first time this season with 16 points while adding 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Neel notched double digits for the fourth-straight game with 14 points, while Powell matched a career-best 11 points off the bench on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.
Midwestern State takes a break from LSC action Friday, Dec. 16 when the Mustangs play host to St. Gregory's (Okla.) in a 7 p.m. tipoff at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Taylor Dorsey scored 21 points and added five assists and five steals to pace No. 7 Angelo State to a dominant 84-47 win over Midwestern State in the Lone Star Conference home opener for the Mustangs Thursday evening at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Dorsey scored 10 of her points in the opening quarter and 18 in the first half, helping Angelo State (7-0, 3-0 LSC) open up a 23-10 lead after the opening period following a 7-0 run to close out the quarter. The Rambelles continued to pull away in the second with a pair of Bethany Ross free throws giving ASU a 20-point edge with 3:16 remaining in the half. Angelo State maintained a 20-point advantage at the half, holding Midwestern State (2-6, 0-3 LSC) to a 22.6 shooting percentage to claim a 41-21 lead at the break.
The Rambelles stretched their lead even further in the second half, taking their largest lead of the contest at the 7:35 mark in the fourth with a 72-34 lead.
Freshman guard Courtney Kerr was a bright spot for the Mustangs off the bench in the second half, totaling seven points on 3-of-4 shooting in the third quarter in just five minutes of action.
Midwestern State fell to 0-3 in conference play for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Midwestern State will take a break for final exams next week before hosting Texas A&M-Kingsville in LSC action Monday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.