MSU overcomes nemesis Dallas Baptist

On Tuesday, one of the hottest teams in the country, and a recent nemesis of Midwestern State, visited D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

However, this one belonged to the Mustangs, who ended a six-game losing streak to Dallas Baptist with an impressive 75-61 victory in front of 1,287 fans.

The Patriots not only entered with recent success against MSU, but they had won nine of their last ten games and were 7-2 on the road this season, including a win over previously undefeated and the top team in the country Lubbock Christian in Lubbock last Saturday.

However, MSU has improved throughout the season and has won four of its last five games, including three straight wins at home. A relentless defense has fueled the Mustangs late-season surge.

“We have to embrace our identity,” MSU coach Justin Leslie said on the MSU Digital Network. “We defended at a high level tonight. We let Austin Garner get loose in the first half, and if he’d not done that, it might’ve been more impressive. We’re coming along on the defensive side of the ball. Tonight, I thought we were much better on the ball. We forced some turnovers, which was very good for us.”

Pierre Sanders and Terrell Wilson each scored 19 points to lead the Mustangs, while Amaechi Chukwu added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

“(Sanders and Wilson) had 38 points combined, and it was very efficient,” Leslie said. “Pierre had 19 points on 11 shots, which is very efficient basketball. Terrell had a couple (shots) go in and out that were good looks; nonetheless, it was another good game for him. Amaechi Chukwu has been coming alive for us.

“It’s exciting. I’m really proud of this performance and this victory. It’s a good one for our program, and we owed them a couple (of losses).”

MSU seeks to keep its home win streak alive on Thursday against Western New Mexico. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m.

Midwestern State 75, Dallas Baptist 61

DALLAS BAPTIST (15-8, 8-3)

Ricky Lujan 4-8 4-6 13; Cameron Kahn 4-10 1-2 10; Julian Miranda 3-8 0-0 8; Carson Hughes 3-12 0-0 7; Jalen White 0-4 0-0 0; Jack Johnson 1-2 0-0 3; Isaac Bullard 0-1 2-2 2; Austin Garner 7-11 0-0 18; Alex Holcombe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 7-10 61.

MIDWESTERN STATE (10-13, 6-5)

Jalin Brown 4-7 1-2 10; Terrell Wilson 7-15 4-4 19; Amaechi Chukwu 5-11 0-1 11; Jermane Carter 4-9 2-2 11; Pierre Sanders 6-11 5-6 19; Jordan Teal 0-2 0-0 0; Jamey Sanders 0-1 0-0 0;John Weger 1-2 0-0 2; Luke Hamilton 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 28-61 12-15 75.Halftime score — MSU 34, DBU 32. 3-Point Goals — DBU 10-28 (Lujan 1-2, Khan 1-5, Miranda 2-4, Hughes 1-6, White 0-1, Johnson 1-2, Garner 4-8); MSU 7-21 (Brown 1-2, Wilson 1-4, Chukwu 1-1, Carter 1-4, P. Sanders 2-5, J. Sanders 0-1, Weger 0-1, Hamilton 1-3). Fouled Out — DBU (None); MSU (None). Rebounds — DBU 30 (Kahn 5); MSU 42 (Chukwu 11). Assists — DBU 10 (Miranda 4); MSU 12 (Wilson 4). Total Fouls — DBU 13, MSU 12. Technicals — DBU (None); MSU (None). A — 1,287.