ABILENE - The ACU
Wildcats put together a solid effort Monday night, but it wasn't enough
to take down the nation's 23rd-ranked team as Midwestern State knocked
off the Wildcats, 74-62, in a Lone Star Conference
men's basketball game at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The loss drops
the Wildcats to 5-6 overall and 0-4 in the LSC, while the Mustangs
improve to 10-0 and 5-0. ACU is off until Dec. 30 when it hosts Dallas
Baptist in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. at Moody
The Wildcats have
dropped 11 straight LSC games dating back to the 2010-11 season. ACU's
last conference win was a 74-71 overtime victory at Angelo State on
Feb. 5, 2011. After going 1-11 in 2009-10 and
1-13 in 2010-11, the Wildcats' 0-4 start this year means they are now
2-28 in LSC games dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season.
game was a close affair for most of the way until the Mustangs were
finally able to pull away late in the game for the 14-point win. ACU
trailed 29-14 midway through the first half, but
closed the game's first 20 minutes on a 20-8 run to trim the Mustangs'
lead to 37-34 at halftime.
ACU scored the
first four points of the second half on back-to-back jumpers from Zach
Williams and Antonio Bell to nab a 38-37 lead. But the Mustangs quickly
reeled off eight straight points to re-gain
control of the contest at 45-38 with 17:21 left in the game.
though, were able to get the lead back down to three points at 47-44
when Marcus Norman hit a layup with 13:31 left in the game. That was
the Wildcats' final hurrah, however, as the Mustangs
reeled off a 15-6 run over the next seven minutes to push the lead to
ACU would get no
closer than eight points the rest of the way as the Mustangs won for the
14th time in their last 15 games against the Wildcats.
Zach Williams led
the Wildcats with 15 points, while Bell had 11 points. Kendall Durant
had eight points and a game-high seven rebounds, but hit just 2 of 12
shots from the field. The Wildcats struggled
from the field all night, hitting just 22 of 51 shots (43.1 percent),
including just 2 of 12 from 3-point range (16.7 percent).