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Mustangs ride late spurt to victory at ENMU

Midwestern State rattled off a 10-2 run over the final 2:49 to edge Eastern New Mexico 71-69 Saturday night at Greyhound Arena.
Midwestern State rattled off a 10-2 run over the final 2:49 to edge Eastern New Mexico 71-69 Saturday night at Greyhound Arena.

"Give credit to Eastern New Mexico, they played a great game," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "Any win in Portales is like a 10-point win at home."

The Zias rolled out to a quick start scoring the first eight points of the game fueled by a pair of 3-pointers by Tori Tucker and Lakeeyscia Griffin as Midwestern would trail by as many as nine points in the opening half while struggling to 8-of-23 shooting (34.8 percent) from the floor.

The Mustangs fought through the shooting to stay close throughout much of the first half, but ENMU stretch the lead back out late in the half as Cooper and Tucker buried consecutive treys as the Zias settled for a 31-26 lead the break.

Eastern New Mexico rolled off a 7-2 run at the start of the second to push the lead to 38-28 when Cooper followed Tucker's third trifecta of the game with a jumper with 17:25 to play.

But the Mustangs would also use the 3-ball to fight their way back into as junior guard Lisa Hampton buried two of her game-high four treys during a 13-4 run as senior forward Skyler Warrick hit a pair of free throws and a jumper to pull MSU even at 58-58 with 7:05 to play.

"I'm proud of how our girls fought back," Johnson said. "We didn't have the best shooting night and didn't hit free throws which would have been the difference in a lot of those late possessions."

Eastern New Mexico pushed the lead back out to six points on Cooper's third triple of the game to give the Zias a 67-61 lead with 2:49 to play.

Hampton, once again, ignited another with a 3-pointer followed by a tradition three-point play by Andrea Carter to tie the game again at 67-67 with 1:36 to play before sophomore Lynn Lumpkin-Boozer gave the Mustangs their first lead of the game on a layup with 49 seconds to play.

ENMU's Jasmine Johnson converted a layup to tie the game at 69-69 with 29 seconds to go before Carter powered her way for the winning bucket with seconds to play.

"We knew this would be a game that we were going to have to grind out," Johnson said.

Carter finished with a game-high 20 points and polished off her ninth double-double with 11 rebounds, while Hampton finished with 12 points -- all in the second half.

Lumpkin-Boozer worked her way to a 6-for-9 shooting night to finish with a season-high 12 points.

"She was a huge spark for us tonight," Johnson said. "I'm proud of that girl. She's able to make shots from all different angles. It was nice to see some shots go down for her."

Tucker and Griffin paced a quartet of ENMU's players in double figures with 15 points while Jordyn Cooper and Jasmine Johnson chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Midwestern State plays host to Angelo State Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

Eastern New Mexico fell to 6-15 and 4-8.
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