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D'Haiti, Williams pace Mustangs past A&M-Commerce, 75-63

Monzaigo Williams and Eddie D'Haiti combined for 36 points to lead Midwestern State to its fourth straight 75-63 over Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Monzaigo Williams and Eddie D'Haiti combined for 36 points to lead Midwestern State to its fourth straight 75-63 over Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

"This was a battle," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "Commerce is very talented and hard to guard. We stuck with it. Holding them to 30 in the first half was very big for us."

The teams battled neck and neck throughout much of the opening half exchanging eight ties and five lead changes before the Mustangs erupted on a 16-5 run over the closing 6:44 to turn a 25-22 deficit into a 38-30 halftime lead.

The run was largely fueled by senior guard JaMichael Rivers, who canned a pair of 3-pointers and finished a fast break with a dunk as he would finish with 10 points and reach double figures for the second straight home game.

But it was the playmaking of Williams which set the tone for MSU. The senior guard narrowly missed his second double-double of the season with 18 points and nine assists while turning the ball over just twice in 33 minutes. He was also active on the defensive end of the floor grabbing four rebounds and making four steals.

"Z was great tonight and is really in a groove right now," Haggerty said. "He made great decisions pushing the ball and did a great job of finding open guys."

D'Haiti knocked down three treys, but also dominated on the block finishing with a career-high 18 points while pulling down seven rebounds to go along with three blocked shots and a steal in 27 minutes.

"Eddie was a force on the block," Haggerty said. "We challenged him to go inside to get easy baskets. He had really great balance tonight."

Senior guard Cam Adderley drilled a season-high four 3-pointers while going 6-for-10 from the field as filled out a solid line with 16 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

"Cam had a great game," Haggerty said. "He made open shots and was able to get to the basket."

LaDon Carnegie led a trio of Texas A&M-Commerce players in double figures by going 7-of-8 from the field to finish with a game-high 22 points. Devondrick Walker added 14 points, while Christian Macauley had 11.

Midwestern State (15-6, 7-2) plays host to West Texas A&M Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Texas A&M-Commerce dipped to 14-7 and 3-6.

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