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Plummer delivers career high in 81-67 win over East Central

No. 13 Midwestern State drilled five of its eight 3-pointers during a decisive 17-0 spanning the end of the first half and the start of the second to bury East Central 81-67 in the finale of the SWOSU Classic Saturday afternoon at Rankin Williams Fieldhouse.
No. 13 Midwestern State drilled five of its eight 3-pointers during a decisive 17-0 spanning the end of the first half and the start of the second to bury East Central 81-67 in the finale of the SWOSU Classic Saturday afternoon at Rankin Williams Fieldhouse.

The Mustangs, who improved to 2-0 on the season, remain on the road next weekend at the Hillyard Classic in St. Joseph, Mo. MSU takes on Northwest Missouri State Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. before taking on host Missouri Western State Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.

Senior guard DeJuan Plummer stayed hot for Midwestern knocking down 8-of-12 shots including a pair of treys to finish with a team-high 21 points in 29 minutes off of the bench.

But he had plenty of help during the Mustangs' big run ignited a Monzaigo Williams trey with 2:27 left in the opening half. Plummer and fellow senior Cam Adderley connected from consecutive shots before the buzzer to give the Mustangs a 36-25 lead at the break.

The run continued in the second half as senior forward Derek Kaster followed his own miss with a second bucket on MSU's first possession of the final stanza then junior guard Derrell Gibbs connected on consecutive 3s to give the Mustangs their largest lead of the contest at 44-25 with 17:11 to go.

East Central chipped away at the lead before scoring a 7-0 run of its own to cut the MSU lead to 63-57 on Aly Hudgins' traditional three-point play with 8:10 to play.

That's as close as it would as MSU pulled away for the double-digit victory.

Williams dropped 17 points and dished out five assists with four rebounds, while junior swingman Xavier Blackburn tallied 11 points and snagged six rebounds in 26 minutes off of the bench.

Adderley gave the Mustangs a fourth double-figure scorer with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Colby Carr scored 17 points off of the bench to lead East Central as the Tigers fell to 0-2.

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