Nolan Richardson downs A&M Commerce

Nolan Richardson IV hit a 3 pointer with less than two seconds to go
and hit three free throws with 11 seconds to go to lead host
Midwestern State to a 70-67 overtime win over Texas A&M
University-Commerce on Wednesday night.

A&M-Commerce raced out to a 67-61 advantage in the overtime until a 3
pointer by Craig Hambre and the six-straight points by Richardson
spoiled the come-from-behind effort for the Lions.

Midwestern State (4-4) closed out the first half on a 16-4 run to take
a 32-20 lead as Richardson scored 15 of his 34 points in the first 20
minutes. With a game-high 34 points from Richardson, he was joined in
double figures by Craig Green, who added 10.

Texas A&M-Commerce (3-4) came out of the locker room with a 14-4 run
to cut the deficit to two, 36-34, with 14:43 left in regulation. The
Lions continued to battle and eventually took the lead when freshman
Brad Hambrick hit a 3 pointer with 4:12 for 51-50 lead.

Three ties later, Richardson put the host Mustangs in front on a
3-point play by a 59-56 margin; however, the Lions had an answer when
Cardell Hunter made three free throws with two seconds remaining in
regulation to send the contest into overtime.

In the overtime, the Lions scored the first seven points of the extra
period to take a 66-59 advantage with 2:50 to go. However, Richardson
took charge of the game and led the Mustangs to the win.

Three players for Texas A&M-Commerce scored in double figures
including Hunter, who scored a team-high 18 in the loss. Ronnie Morgan
added 16 points and DeUndrae Spraggins had his second double double
with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lions will be idle until returning to the court on December 29th
against Missouri S&T in the first day of the St. Edward's Holiday
Classic in Austin.


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