January 19, 2013
La Mirada, CA – Recently, there hasn’t been too much for The Master’s College Men’s basketball team to celebrate about. However, on Saturday night in Chase Gymnasium on the campus of Golden State Athletic Conference rival Biola (11-9, 1-3 GSAC), the Mustangs (12-7, 1-3) snapped their four game losing streak, and notched their first conference victory of the season.
Jason Logan (Spartansburg, SC) started off the Mustangs’ scoring efforts with a jumper 18 seconds into play, followed by a layup at the 19:09 mark, a trey with 15:58 on the clock, and another layup 50 seconds later to give the Mustangs a 9-4 lead.
Chris Patureau (Houston, TX) followed with a layup giving the Mustangs an 11-6 lead before long-range marksman Derrick Fain (Dallas, TX) drained a three-pointer at the 13:29 mark. Two minutes later, Leif Karlberg (Anchorage, AK) capitalized off a fast break and rushed in a layup putting the Mustangs up 16-10. Karlberg furthered the Mustangs’ lead 30 seconds later when he sank a three-pointer giving TMC a 19-12 advantage.
With a little under 10 minutes left on the clock, Devin Dyer (Temecula, CA) notched two consecutive free-throws followed by Jason Logan rushing in a timely layup giving TMC a five point cushion at 23-18.
In the final five minutes, Karlberg notched a long-range three-pointer, followed by a Paul Brown (Kingston, Jamaica) tip-in, putting the Mustangs up 28-24. Karlberg and Lance Reeves (Visalia, CA) put gave the Mustangs a 34-26 advantage as the duo sank two consecutive free throws one minute within each other.
Korey Anderson (Clovis, CA) and Karlberg stretched the Mustangs lead to 37-28. But a determined Biola cut the Mustangs' lead to one when Cody Whitlock nailed an improbable three-pointer with one second left on the clock.
With the score at 37-36 at the half, The Mustangs shot 44% (14-32) during the opening 20 minutes, but was eclipsed by Biola’s superior 55% (17-31) shooting accuracy.
Mirroring his first-half performance, Jason Logan started off the second stanza with a layup eighteen seconds into play. But in the next eight minutes, Biola chipped away at the Mustangs' lead and finally tied the game at 49 all.
At the 10:50 mark, Karlberg unlocked the tie with a trey and gave the Mustangs a permanent lead for the rest of the night. Over the next seven minutes, Reeves, Logan, Dyer, and Karlberg spearheaded the Mustang's offense and brought the game to a closing score of 67-59.
Karlberg and Logan both scored 19 points in the victory, followed by Fain chipping in nine points, all of which came behind the arc.
The Mustangs have little time to celebrate Saturday’s much needed victory as the Mustangs prepare to host No. 8 Westmont Tuesday night in Bross Gym. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM.
GSAC Men’s Basketball News:
In other GSAC action, No. 8 Westmont took down visiting Hope International by a score of 78-54. Vanguard beat Arizona Christian 74-70, and San Diego triumphed over Concordia with an 84-74 win.