Tough shooting plague both MSU men and women against UT Tyler

Monday night, the Midwestern State men and women’s basketball teams returned to D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Unfortunately, the rims were not friendly to the home teams leading to UT Tyler departing Wichita Falls with two victories.

Cold shooting leads to loss for MSU

The MSU women took the lead into the fourth quarter before cold-shooting caught up to the Mustangs. MSU made only 16 of 59 shots from the floor against the Patriots.

“We just have to put the ball in the hole,” MSU coach Christopher Reay said. “You shoot 27 percent in college basketball and score 50 points in the game, and it’s tough to win. Our defense was fine, and we just didn’t score enough.”

It appeared MSU (5-3) would have a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds trailing 53-50. However, a UT Tyler (5-1) shot hit the rim and bounced into the arms of a Mustangs’ player before the whistle blew.

The referees said the whistle was inadvertent, and the ball went back to the Patriots on the possession arrow.

“They said it hit the rim, and I know it did, but by rule, it goes to a jump ball, and the jump ball was in their favor,” Reay said. “If the jump ball was in our favor, it wouldn’t have been that big of a deal. So it stinks that with all the replay we have – for the game to end on the weird rule that’s in place is unfortunate, but it was the correct interpretation.

Morgan Lenahan led the Mustangs with 20 points, while Sheridan Bostic added 15 points on 5 of 12 shooting beyond the three-point line.

“They were keying in on Morgan, knowing she can score. We had tons of looks that we normally hit, but we just didn’t make tonight.”

The Mustangs return to the Coliseum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday when they host No. 5 Texas A&M-Commerce in a non-conference contest.

Three-point struggles continue for MSU men

The MSU men have struggled from long range this season, and those struggles continued in a 75-63 loss to UT Tyler.

UT Tyler stretched a two-point lead to 13 points midway through the second half, thanks to Eysan Wiley. Wiley scored 11 points, including three from beyond the arc for the Patriots in a 2:20 stretch, and the Mustangs never recovered.

“That was the spell that determined the game,” MSU coach Justin Leslie said. “Give him a lot of credit – he comes into the game 2 for 6 (from three-point) on the year and hasn’t even looked to shoot three’s, and two of the three he made were contested. We couldn’t make a three in the second half, we went 0 for 14, and that was all the separation they needed.”

The Mustangs entered the contest making 27.4 percent (62 of 226) on the season. Unfortunately, those numbers did not improve Monday night following a 4 for 27 performance from three-point range.

“We lost our best three-point shooter before the start of the season (Derek Ogechi), and three games into the season, Pierre Sanders gets hurt and hasn’t been with us, and he’s another of our top shooters,” Leslie said. “Luke Hamilton reaggravated an ankle injury tonight, and hopefully, we can get him back soon.

“With the injuries, we haven’t gotten anything from our top three returning shooters. So we’ve had to change our strategy a little bit these last several games, and that’s been to play more through the top of the key and our forwards, and it’s worked, but we need to hit more outside shots.”

Jordan Teal totaled 14 points for MSU, which is his most points inside D.L. Ligon Coliseum in his brief MSU career.

“Jordan’s a competitor, but he’s a freshman, so he’s learning on the fly,” Leslie said. “I wish we had some veterans here that he could learn from, but he’s having to compete and figure things out. He’s going to continue to get better, and he’s going to be a really good player for us long term.”

MSU will meet Texas A&M-Commerce in a non-conference game scheduled to tip at 7:30.


UT Tyler 55, Midwestern State 50

UT TYLER (5-1)

Destini Whitehead 3-10 0-0 6; Enisa Kamerolli 2-6 4-5 8; Kelsey Crouse 5-7 5-6 16; Montse Gutierrez 4-10 0-0 10; Liah Davis 4-8 0-0 8; Elli Emrich 0-1 1-2 1; Martina Machalova 1-3 0-0 2; Lovisa Hevinder 0-3 0-0 0; Azaria Reed 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 21-51 10-14 55.

MIDWESTERN STATE (5-3)

Shawnisay Millar 1-2 0-0 3; Frances King 2-9 0-0 5; Hannah Reynolds 1-0 0-0 2; Markayla Johnson 0-2 0-0 0; Morgan Lenahan 5-13 9-10 20; Eternity Jackson 0-2 0-0 0; Sheridan Bostic 5-13 0-0 15; Yasmine Sifaoui 1-2 0-0 2; Jordan Mathis 1-4 1-2 3; Mandy Withey 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 16-59 10-12 50.

Halftime score — UT Tyler 24, MSU 18. 3-Point Goals —UT Tyler 3-19 (Whitehead 0-5, Kamerolli 0-2, Crouse 1-3, Gutierrez 2-5, Machalova 0-1, Hevinder 0-3); MSU 8-26 (Millar 1-1, King 1-4, Reynolds 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Lenahan 1-5, Jackson 0-2, Bostic 5-12). Fouled Out —UT Tyler (None); MSU (None). Rebounds — UT Tyler 40 (Gutierrez 7); MSU 36 (Reynolds 10). Assists — UT Tyler 18 (Whitehead 6); MSU 12 (King 5). Total Fouls — UT Tyler 16, MSU 14. Technicals — Visitor (Team); MSU (None). A — 822.


UT Tyler 75, Midwestern State 63

UT Tyler (7-0)

Micah Fuller 2-5 4-5 8; Da’Zhon Wyche 2-6 5-7 10; Patrick Samoura 1-4 1-2 3; Paul Djoko 3-6 1-4 8; Milan Szabo 6-8 2-2 14; Eysan Wiley 7-11 5-6 22; Zaire Mateen 3-6 1-2 7; Finn Fleute 0-0 0-0 0; Kyle Frelow 0-0 0-0 0; Solomon Thomas 1-7 1-4 3. Totals 25-53 19-28 75.

MIDWESTERN STATE (4-6)

Jordan Teal 6-13 2-3 14; Jalin Brown 0-1 0-0 0; Jamey Sanders 2-10 0-0 5; Jermane Carter 6-13 3-5 15; Luke Hamilton 2-5 0-0 5; Terrell Wilson 7-14 2-3 18; Amaechi Chukwu 0-0 0-0 0; Travis Massey 0-2 0-0 0; John Weger 1-2 4-5 6. Totals 24-60 11-16 63.

Halftime score — MSU 36, UT Tyler 32. 3-Point Goals —UT Tyler 6-16 (Fuller 0-1, Wyche 1-4, Samoura 0-1, Djoko 1-1, Wiley 3-3, Mateen 0-2, Thomas 1-4); MSU 4-27 (Teal 0-3, Sanders 1-9, Hamilton 1-4, Wilson 2-8, Massey 0-2, Weger 0-1). Fouled Out —UT Tyler (None); MSU (None). Rebounds — UT Tyler 40 (Szabo 9); MSU 33 (Brown 11). Assists — UT Tyler 11 (Thomas 5); MSU 11 (Wilson 6). Total Fouls — UT Tyler 20, MSU 20. Technicals — UT Tyler (Wiley); MSU (None). A — 1,107.