Midwestern St. outlasts Tarleton St.
Mustangs score six unanswered in third overtime to grab win
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Anthony Harris had four 3-pointers as No. 9 Midwestern State outlasted No. 5 Tarleton State 80-75 in triple overtime Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs scored six consecutive points in the final overtime period to finally put away Fabian Wilson and the Texans.
Wilson, who finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation, beat the buzzer with a layup at the end of the first overtime and his free throws with 37 seconds to go in the second overtime all extended the game for Tarleton which fell to 21-3 on the season and to 12-2 in LSC play.
The Mustangs claimed their fifth consecutive win to improve to 21-2 on the season and took over the league lead at 14-2.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 West Liberty 103, Alderson-Broaddus 73|
|No. 9 MSU 80, No. 5 Tarleton State 75 3OT|
|No. 12 Shaw 94, Johnson C. Smith 74|
MSU overcome a 58-54 deficit in the first overtime with the help Harris' fourth trey of the game before Keonte' Logan lined a shot from the right wing to give the Mustangs a 62-60 lead with 10 seconds to play. But Tarleton rushed the length of the floor to tie the game on Wilson's layup.
Midwestern faced another four-point deficit in the second overtime, but Logan nailed another big 3-ball from the top of the key and David Terrell converted a three-point play to put the Mustangs up 71-60 with 50 seconds to play. But once Wilson tied the game on a pair of free throws to force a third overtime.
The Mustangs took control by scoring the first seven points of the period by going 5-for-6 at the charity strip as JaMichael Rivers powered his way for a layup to help MSU take control with a 78-71 lead and hang on for the win.
It was the 13th consecutive home win for the Mustangs who avenged a loss to the Texans earlier this month in Stephenville. MSU has won 54 of its last 55 under the dome.
Harris paced the Mustangs with 20 points and eight rebounds. Four others finished in double figures including Terrell (11 points, five rebounds), Darrick Thomas (10 points, 10 rebounds), Michael Loyd (10 points, seven assists) and Rivers (10 points). Logan finished a solid all-around performance with nine points, seven assists and four rebounds.
Wes Dipprey added 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Texans.