WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) -
Cameron’s Tyus Momoh hit a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining to cap a 16-3 run by the Aggies over the final 3:07 to fend off a valiant Midwestern State effort, 71-70, on Tuesday in Lawton.
After MSU Texas erased an 18-point deficit in the first half, Cameron flipped the script in the final three minutes.
The Mustangs led 67-55 coming down the stretch before a 10-0 run by the Aggies trimmed the gap to two with 1:52 to play, 67-65.
Junior guard Elijah Lee went 1-of-2 from the free throw line with 21 seconds to play to extend the Mustangs lead back to four, 70-66.
Cameron’s Jordan Lewis drove the baseline from the right-wing, drew contact and converted the shot to go to the free throw line with 12 seconds.
Jalen Nicholas forced a jump ball on the offensive rebound after the free throw attempt was tapped out to the 3-point line.
With the possession arrow favoring the Aggies, Cameron was unable to draw up one final play on a timeout.
Inbounding under the baseline, Brock Schreiner kicked the ball out to Momoh at the top of the key for an open look at the game winner.
Senior guard JaJuan Starks recorded his 13th game in double figures for MSU Texas, scoring 17 points with three 3-pointers.
Junior forward Bishop Coulter added 12 points while juniors Josh Wallace and Gilbert Thomas Jr. added 11.
Thomas came up with his third double-double of the season, collecting 18 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end.
The Houston product pulled down the most boards for the Mustangs since Igor Ibaka grabbed 20 at Eastern New Mexico on Jan. 14, 2017.
The Mustangs overcame a 2-for-15 start from the field, cutting an 18-point deficit to seven going into the half.
MSU Texas shot just 24.3 percent (9-of-37) in the opening period and did not record an assist in the opening 20 minutes of the matchup.
The Aggies opened the contest on a 22-4 run over the first 6:30, knocking down five of their first six 3-point attempts.
MSU Texas responded with a 7-0 run over a four-minute stretch before ending the half on a 6-0 run with a buzzer-beating trey from Wallace to trim the gap to seven, down 35-28.
MSU Texas continued the run with an 8-0 start to the second half to take its first lead of the night with 18:35 to play.
The lead would go on to change hands three times over the final 18 minutes with the final swing coming on Momoh’s dagger.
Momoh and Lewis finished with 17 and 14 points, respectively, as the duo combined for six of the Aggies nine 3-pointers.
Nicholas added a double-double on 11 points and 12 rebounds.