Angelo State rolls over Midwestern and into the Sweet 16
By Azia Branson —
Special to Texan News
STEPHENVILLE– Six seeded Angelo State University dominated (7) Midwestern State University 66-44 on Sunday evening at Wisdom Gym. Many fans traveled from Angelo and Wichita Falls to show support for their schools and ASU fans will get to stay in Stephenville a little while longer as they advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
“Beating a team 3 times in one season is tough. We just wanted to stick to our identity and our identity is defense,” Demario Mayfield said. Mayfield grabbed 6 rebounds on the night.
Chris Jones and Mayfield led Angelo in points on the night with 17 each, and Marsell Holden followed right behind them with 12. Jones also had 10 rebounds, 6 assists and a massive block on an MSU lay-up in transition in the first half.
“We really stood our ground and we did what we were supposed to do. Yeah, they started off on a great start but we did what we were supposed to do,” Jones said, “They’re a great offensive rebounding team and we just tried to keep them off the glass.
Midwestern looked great to start the game and took a quick 10-3 lead to begin the game. Angelo quickly put it together and went on a 24-6 run to build a 27-16 lead. Midwestern found themselves playing catch-up and only shot 10 for 34 from the floor in the opening half.
Angelo took their largest lead of the first half, 14 points, with 2:19 remaining. Midwestern matched point for point but still trailed by 37-25 going into halftime. Eight members of the Ram scorers contributed to their 12-point lead going into halftime.
The second half looked much like the first, and Angelo outscored Midwestern 29-19 in the second half. Eleven players scored for Midwestern. Leading the pack was Bretson McNeal with 16 points. Although Midwestern had 22 offensive rebounds to Angelo’s 7, it wasn’t enough to bring the game back in their possession. Angelo shot just over 53-percent on the night with 26 defensive rebounds and will play for the South Central Region title on Tuesday.
“Basketball is a game of making shots and Midwestern missed a lot of shots,” Mustang head coach Chris Beard said, “but give our guys credit too, they made a lot of shots.”
The Angelo State University Rams will play in the South Central Regional Tournament Championship Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Wisdom Gym against the winner of Tarleton State University and University of Colorado- Colorado Springs.