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Midwestern mauls Hoggies, 83-62

Efficiency was the buzzword for Midwestern State Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Efficiency was the buzzword for Midwestern State Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs systematically took apart Texas A&M-Kingsville to snap a two-game skid with an 83-62 Lone Star Conference win.

"This was a great win for us," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "Kingsville was coming off of a great win over Cameron playing without their leading scorer (senior guard Rashad Basey)."

Senior guard Monzaigo Williams attacked for a game-high 20 points and was nearly perfect by going 6-for-8 from the field including a 3-pointer while going going 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

Haggerty credited his leadership on the floor to helping the Mustangs shoot 46.4 percent from the field while going 8-for-17 from the 3-point line.

"We shot all the right ones and were really making plays for each other," Haggerty said. "Z's (Williams) leadership was great. He passed when he could have shot but he really got the ball where it needed to be tonight. He is becoming a more efficient leader."

The Mustangs broke open a close game with a 10-2 run midway through the opening half spurred by 3-pointers by Xavier Blackburn and Cam Adderley as MSU surged to a 27-22 lead with 8:35 remaining until halftime.

The Javelinas clawed back to within one before Midwestern stretched the lead out to 42-35 at the break.

The Mustangs used another 10-2 run to extend the advantage into double figures again in the second half fueled by two field goals from Williams and Abiodun Adegoke as MSU led 60-46 on DeJuan Plummer's jumper with 9:50 to play.

Plummer, who finished with 13 points in his first start of the season, gave MSU its biggest lead of the night when he connected on his second triple of the game for a 77-56 edge with 3:38 to play.

Blackburn tacked on 12 points and grabbed four rebounds, while Adderley pitched in 10 points and pulled down eight boards.

Junior forward Jordan Jahr poured in 22 points to pace Texas A&M-Kingsville, which fell to 6-12 and 1-5.

Midwestern State plays host to Cameron Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. The game airs live on Comcast Sports Network-Houston.
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