Men’s College Basketball: Midwestern State vs UTPB – February 9, 2017

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ODESSA, Texas – No. 19 UT Permian Basin used a 15-3 run midway through the second half while shooting 54.1 percent with 11 three-pointers for the game to hand Midwestern State its fourth-straight defeat in a 92-85 decision Thursday evening at the Falcon Dome.

With the game tied at 67 apiece with 14:05 remaining, UT Permian Basin (19-4, 10-3 LSC) went on a 15-3 run over the next five and a half minutes as the Mustangs were held without a field goal during that span.

Midwestern State (13-10, 6-8 LSC) came within six on a number of occasions down the stretch but the Mustangs were limited to just two field goals in the last six minutes with the Falcons stretching their lead back to double digits before earning the 92-85 win.

In the first half, UTPB opened up a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game by making its first three shots before the Mustangs responded with a 13-2 spurt to move in front.

The Falcons broke a 20-20 tie halfway through the first with a 9-0 run following a three-pointer for Johnnie Lacy. An Igor Ibaka jumper and back-to-back threes for B.J. Jenkins and Pat Smith pulled the Mustangs back to within one less than two minutes later. Another triple for Jenkins propelled the Mustangs in front at 35-34 with 5:17 remaining in the first before taking a 50-48 lead at the break after a back-and-forth affair in the final minutes of the half.

NOTES
– Igor Ibaka notched his second 20-point game of the season with 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and 10-of-12 from the free throw line
– Brandon Neel matched a career-high 22 points on 9-of-14 from the field with his second 20-point game of the season
– Pat Smith also reached double figures with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting
– Magnus Richards led the Mustangs with eight rebounds
– Midwestern State finished with its second-highest shooting percentage of the season with 56 percent (28-of-50) while shooting 50 percent (7-of-14) from behind the arc and 75.9 percent (22-of-29) from the charity stripe
– Johnnie Lacy led the Falcons with 21 points while James McPherson added 20
– UTPB led 40-32 in points in the paint and 21-13 in points off turnovers

STAT OF THE GAME
5 – UT Permian Basin limited Midwestern State to just five made field goals in the final 14 minutes

UP NEXT 
Midwestern State wraps up a four-game road trip Saturday with a 4 p.m. contest against West Texas A&M at the First United Bank Center in Canyon.

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