For the first time since November 15, 2008, the Midwestern State men’s basketball team walked off Gerald Stockton Court at D.L. Ligon Coliseum after a loss. A jumper from Tarleton State’s Corbin Henry broke a tie with 19 seconds left to play and proved to be the game winner as the Texans defeated the Mustangs 49-47.
The Mustangs home winning streak ends at 41.
In a twist of fate, the loss came on a night that the Mustangs were not even scheduled to play at D.L. Ligon when the season began. Monday was a make up date for games originally scheduled for February 2 and delayed because of the winter storm that hit the area.
Tarleton State clinches the regular season Lone Star Conference South title with the win while the Mustangs fall into a four way tie for second in the division with West Texas A&M, Eastern New Mexico, and Angelo State.
The Texans held Mustangs leading scorer Chris Hagan in check. Hagan was held to just six poiints, going 3-of-13 from the field.
Michael Loyd would pick up some of the slack for Midwestern, leading the Mustangs with 20 points. Michael’s brother Kevin Loyd led the team with 4 assists and David Terrell grabbed six rebounds.
Henry would lead a balanced attack by the Texans with 10 points and six assists. Donte Smith would turn in a game high seven rebounds.
Both teams would have trouble getting started as a total of nine missed shots, including two missed free throws, kept the game scoreless for more than three and a half minutes. Tarleton finally broke the ice with a Wes Dipprey layup at the 16:22 mark.
The back and forth battle would start to turn Tarleton’s way when they built the biggest lead of the first half with less than five minutes to go until halftime. The 21-14 advantage would quickly disappear, and a Michael Loyd three pointer tied the game 22-22 with 2:48 left in the first.
Tarleton would rebuild a three point lead, but a Hagan jumper at the buzzer sent the teams to the half with the Texans clinging to a 26-25 lead.
The Mustangs hit the court firing on all cylinders when the second half began, starting the final period with an 11-2 run sparked by a Darrick Thomas dunk. The run was interrupted only by a Coleman Furst jumper for Tarleton, giving MSU a 36-28 lead with 13:58 left to play.
Tarleton began to fire back when a Fabian Wilson jumper in the paint started a 9-0 run as the Texans regained the lead 39-38. The one point lead would only last five seconds when a Terrell jumper put the Mustangs back on top.
A pair of Terrell free throws gave MSU a 43-39 lead with 5:36 left in the game, but Tarleton answered with a pair of free throws from Carrington Tankson who then hit a three pointer to retake the lead for the Texans.
A jumper by Michael Loyd and a layup from Terrell would give the Mustangs a slim 47-44 advantage with 1:57 left to play, but Corbin would take control in the final two minutes.
After tying the game 47-47 with a three pointer at the 1:28 mark, Corbin would steal the ball from Hagan with 46 seconds left, prompting a time out by the Texans. Corbin’s jumper would seal the victory when MSU couldn’t get a shot off to tie the game.
Tarleton improves to 20-4 overall on the season and 11-1 in the LSC South.
The Mustangs fall to 19-7 overall and 7-5 in the division.
Midwestern plays their last home game of the regular season February 23 against Angelo State. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.