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Mustangs Fall Short to #6 Tarleton, 83-81

Midwestern State's starting lineup gave the Mustangs a big-time advantage Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum helping MSU out to big first-half advantage.
Midwestern State's starting lineup gave the Mustangs a big-time advantage Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum helping MSU out to big first-half advantage.

But it wasn't enough to hold Chuck Guy and a big Tarleton State bench effort as the Texans came away with an 83-81 win in Lone Star Conference.

No. 6-ranked TSU improved its best start in program history to 14-0 while taking sole possession of first-place in the league race at 3-0, while the Mustangs fell to 11-5 and 3-1.

Midwestern State enjoys a week off before taking on Angelo State Wednesday night at Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

Junior forward Xavier Blackburn notched his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds while connecting on a pair of 3-pointers.

The Texans would draw even before the half before Blackburn connected on a trey from the left baseline to account for MSU's 42-39 halftime edge.

The Texans primarily went to the bench to produce a 55.2-percent shooting half after intermission as Tashawn Mabry and Damion Clemons had 16 each and Emmanuel Andrews pitched in 13 points in reserve roles as Tarleton controlled a 52-23 edge in bench points.

Guy, who would finish with 20 points and five assists, gave Tarleton its first two-possession led on a 3-pointer for a 67-63 edge. The Texans would push the lead to 71-66 on a Guy tip-in basket with 5:57 to go.

But the Mustangs rallied with a 7-2 run to tie the game on Blackburn's traditional three-point play at 73-73 with 4:07 to play, but Andrews answered with a 3-pointer to give the Texans the lead for good.
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