Mustangs edge ACU men 72-71
Cam Adderly scored all 12 of his points in the second half, including the game-winner in Midwestern State's 72-71 victory over Abilene Christian Thursday night at Moody Coliseum. The loss was ACU's sixth of the year and fourth by four points or less.
The Wildcats received one last look at the basket following Adderly's fast-break layup with 18 seconds remaining, but Monzaigo Williams blocked Eric Lawton's desperation 3-pointer in the corner, and then with .03 seconds remaining, Desmond Woodberry's in-bound pass was swatted away in the paint.
The victory lifted MSU's record to 9-3 and 5-0 within the Lone Star Conference.
Lawton was instrumental in the Wildcats' comeback as he finished the game with 17 points and seven assists. He also gave ACU its biggest lead of the game at nine points, 65-56, with 9:56 remaining after burying a jumper in the paint that capped a 10-1 run, but the Mustangs quickly responded on a 7-0 run to trim their deficit back to two at 65-63 and 5:23 to go. Keith Spellman converted a 3-point play during this stretch and then added two more free throws followed by a jumper from Williams.
Spellman totaled 14 points, with seven coming from the free-throw line, while Williams poured in a game-high 19 on 6-10 shooting.
Freshman Parker Wentz gave the Wildcats a second wind with a big 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to five at 68-63, but ACU could not maintain its momentum following the fourth and final media time out.
The tables began to turn on the Wildcats coming out of the stoppage when a missed free throw by Kevin Grayer was tipped in by Corbin Thomas for his first of two straight field goals. The first Thomas basket reduced the ACU lead to 68-67 and then his second gave MSU its first lead of the second half at 69-68 at the 2:34 mark. A free-throw by Spellman gave MSU a 70-68 lead, but then Lawton fired in a long-distance trey that felt like a game-winner since Spellman turned the ball over on a carry call on the following possession .
However, a mere 30 seconds later, Lawton coughed up the ball up the middle on a dribble-drive. Grayer then scooped up the ball and fed it to Spellman for the game-winner.
Lawton's turnover was one of 13 for the Wildcats. The Mustangs, by comparison, made nine and had only three in the first half.
Both teams shot about 40 percent from the floor and each fired 59 shots, although MSU went to the free-throw line seven more times and made seven more foul shots, 19-12. The teams also recorded identical rebound totals: 12 offensive and 26 defensive.
Woodberry and Thomas tied for the most rebounds with eight.
Elliott Lloyd finished with 14 points for the Wildcats and was 4-8 from 3-point range. Steven Werner was 7-11 for 15 points.
ACU took a 34-33 lead into the the break despite starting the game 3 of 16 and down 11 points, 18-7. The Wildcats didn't catch fire until halfway between the second and third media timeouts as a 3-pointer by Lawton was followed by a Werner layup and two additional free throws from the senior guard.
That mini-run got ACU back within five points at 20-15, and then during the final four minutes of the half, the Wildcats trimmed their deficit to one after Wentz buried a 3-pointer. Cornelius Cammock gave ACU its first lead of the game at 34-33 with 1:21 remaining on a six-foot jump shot.
ACU held MSU to .313 shooting (10-32) in the first half and out-rebounded the Mustangs by one, 22-21. MSU's Thomas was limited to just two points on a pair of free throws, but pulled down six rebounds; however, Derek Kaster scored 13 in the game's first 20 minutes, while Williams dropped in eight.
Werner led the Wildcats in the first half with nine points and six rebounds. Lawton scored eight and Cammock had seven.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday at 7:30 p.m. vs. Cameron. The Aggies defeated Angelo State, 92-72, Wednesday night to improve to 6-5 overall and 2-3 within the LSC.
Information for this story provided by ACU Sports Information.