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Texans knock off Mustangs to win LSC Tournament Championship

Tarleton State University

Saturday, March 9, 2013

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ALLEN, Texas – Tarleton’s Chuck Guy scored a Lone Star Conference Championship Final-high 16 points en route to being named LSC Tournament MVP and lead the Texans to its first tournament title since 2004 with a 53-50 win over the No. 1 seeded Midwestern Mustangs at Allen Event Center in Allen on Saturday.

Guy found a wide-open Coleman Furst in the left corner with 1:14 left to play and Furst sank a three-pointer to give Tarleton a 52-50 lead. The Mustangs failed to convert its next possession into points and had one more shot with 8.6 seconds left on the clock.

MSU’s Kevin Grayer missed a jumper from the paint and Tarleton snatched the rebound with 1.5 seconds left when a timeout was called. Guy was fouled on the in-bounds pass, made his first attempt from the charity stripe and then missed the last shot, but time ran out giving Tarleton the tournament title.

Tarleton wins just the second tournament title in school history and the first one since 2004. For head coach Lonn Reisman, his Texans snap a three-game losing streak in the championship final game and earn the LSC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division II National Tournament, which will get underway next Saturday, Mar. 16, with a destination to be announced during the NCAA’s Selection Show Sunday evening.

The selection show for the men’s teams will be shown live via webstream at at 9:30 p.m. (CST) on Sunday. The Tarleton Athletic Department will host a selection show watching party from Wisdom Gym on Sunday, with doors opening at 8:45 p.m.

The Mustangs opened the game with a jumper from Eddie D’Haiti, but Tarleton countered with a 6-0 run to take an early 6-2 lead with 16:30 left to play. The Texans later led 10-4 on a pair of free throws from De’Andre Upchurch, but MSU came right back with a layup and then a Keith Spellman three-pointer to pull within a point of the Texans.

Upchurch countered at the other end with a three-pointer and then Damion Clemons poured in a layup with 9:50 on the clock to push Tarleton’s lead to 15-9.

The Mustangs opened an 11-0 run at the 8:45 mark and Tarleton finally got back onto the board with 5:24 left to play with a free throw from Davene Carter. Chuck Guy then followed with a pair of free throws and then he scored Tarleton’s first field goal in over six minutes to tie the game at 20-20 with 3:29 left to play.

A 6-2 run gave MSU a 26-22 lead until Coleman Furst sank a three-pointer from the right side with 31 seconds left on the clock. MSU’s Kevin Grayer moved into the lane for one final shot and his jumper was not only good, but he was fouled on the play too. Grayer sank the free throw and MSU took a 29-25 lead into the half.

The Mustangs shot just 39.3 percent from the field and went just 1-of-8 from downtown. Tarleton was limited to 28.6 percent from the field, but made 3-of-11 from beyond the arc.

Tarleton had just three field goals in the first half, giving the Texans just eight turnovers in the first half of all three games this week. Tarleton scored 10 points off MSU’s nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes of play.

The Texans opened the second half with a 10-2 run and led 35-31 with less than 11 minutes left to play in the championship. MSU, despite not scoring its first field goal until the 9:44 mark in the second half, came back to take lead 40-38 with a field goal from D’Haiti at the 8:29 mark.

Got back into the game, but only did it from the free throw line, going just 6-for-10 from the charity stripe in that stretch and Corbin Thomas tied the game at 38-38 with his layup at the 9:44 mark.

Damion Clemons tipped in a rebound a few moments later to tie the game at 40-40, but MSU came back with a 3-0 run to push its lead to 43-40. The Mustangs then went on a 7-5 run and led just 50-47 with 1:55 to play.

MSU coughed up its next possession and that is when Guy found Furst in the corner for what turned out to be the game winning shot for the Texans.

The Texans moved to 19-9 overall and are assured a seed in next week’s South Central Regional tournament. MSU fell to 21-7 overall with the loss and have now lost two straight to the Texans. Tarleton’s win also snapped a two-game losing streak to the Mustangs in the final game of the conference championship.

The Texans shot just 31.5 percent from the field, but limited MSU to just 30.6 percent on the night. Tarleton held MSU to just 4-of-21 shooting from the field in the second half and the Mustangs went just 13-for-22 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes.

Along with Guy being named MVP of the tournament, Furst and Jon Cathey-Macklin were also all-tournament selections.

The Texans will find out which seed they will earn in the South Central Regional tournament Sunday evening, and will also find out where the tournament will be held.

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