WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State guards Brandon Neel, Logan Hicks and Devante Pullum combined for 64 of Midwestern State's 80 points as the Mustangs utilized a monster second half to get by Cameron, 80-72.
MSU, which clinched a berth in the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament last weekend, can finish the regular season as high as the No. 6 seed if Eastern New Mexico takes care of business on the road against Angelo State and Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Neel finished with a game-high 27, marking the 20th-consecutive game the senior has scored in double-figures and 11th-game with at least 20 points. Hicks added a season-high 20, including 13 in the second half, hitting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc after the intermission. Pullum seemed to find his rhythm late in the game, tacking on 17 points in the win.
Trailing 43-36 with 16:07 to play, the Mustangs mounted a 13-2 run over the next two minutes to take the lead. Hicks drained a pair of threes, sandwiched around a triple from Neel during the stretch to push the lead to four, up 49-45.
An ensuing 12-4 run by the Aggies over a five minute span saw the Aggies up six with 7:27 to play. The Maroon and Gold answered with a superb defensive effort over the next five minutes, holding the Aggies without a field goal during a 12-2 run by MSU, capped off by a Neel tip-in with 2:56 to play gave the Mustangs the lead for good.
Cameron pulled within five on a Tyus Momoh three with 24 seconds to go, but Pullum finished off a three-point play to put the game on ice.
Tyler Williams led the Aggies with 15 points, going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Cameron moves to 11-16 overall and 7-11 in LSC play.
Midwestern State is back in action at the Lone Star Conference tournament beginning Thursday, March 1.
Midwestern State senior guard Whitney Taylor made history Tuesday night, etching her name atop the Midwestern State all-time three point list, passing former teammate Lisa Hampton with her 154th and 155th made triples.
The Mustangs were unable to overcome a strong second half by Cameron, leading to a 69-55 setback at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Taylor tied Hampton's record at the 9:26 mark in the second quarter, draining a shot from the corner to stretch the MSU lead to 18-14 early.
After battling to a 34-34 draw after the first half, Cameron took the lead for good in the third quarter. Lejha Smith hit a layup at the 6:16 mark to put the Aggies up 40-39 and started a 10-1 run to stretch the advantage to 10, highlighted by a pair of threes from Ava Battese and Parfitt McNair.
The Mustangs would battle back, cutting the deficit to five on a Taylor layup with 9:20 to go, but the Maroon and Gold never got closer as the Aggies put together a 13-5 run over the next five minutes to extend the advantage to 15 in the closing minutes.
With 4:37 to play, Taylor connected on her record-breaking three from the top of the key, cementing her legacy in the Maroon and Gold.
Senior guard Kristin Rydell finished with 12 points to lead the Mustangs, going 5-of-6 from the charity stripe while senior forward Micheline Mercelita finished with nine points and Taylor added eight.
Cameron's Amaka Nwakamma led the Aggies with 17 points and Smith pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
Midwestern State fell to 13-12 overall and 10-9 in Lone Star Conference play after a 69-55 setback to Cameron at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. MSU finishes the regular season with a 9-5 record at home.
The Mustangs are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 24 against Texas Woman's in Denton. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. in the regular season finale.