November 13, 2012
Pomona, CA - Flexing its NCAA Division II muscles at the end of each half, No. 25 Cal Poly Pomona held off The Master's College 75-65 Tuesday evening in the San Gabriel Valley, saddling the Mustangs (3-1) with their first loss of the 2012-13 campaign.
Based on early returns, this one appeared to be over quickly when the Broncos broke from the gate by scoring 11 of the game's first 13 points over the first 3:15 of play. But, the Mustangs galloped back into the game on the shoulders of sophomore forward Chris Patureau (Houston, TX) and the long-range shooting exploits of his teammates that rocked the Broncos for a while.
Patureau, who tallied the Mustangs' first points on a jumper almost two minutes into the game, scored six more points over the next five minutes, pulling TMC to within 16-11 with 13:34 left in the first half. The Broncos countered with a hoop but then the Mustangs caught fire, primarily from behind the arc, outscoring the hosts 19-5 in a 4:49 window to race ahead 30-23 at the 7:48 mark.
They started with a 13-0 burst, ignited by Austin Loeb's (Cypress, CA) layup with 12:37 remaining, followed by a Jason Logan (Spartanburg, SC) three-point play, and capped off by eight straight points from sophomore Derrick Fain (Dallas, TX), who sandwiched a pair of trifectas around a layup. After a Bronco hoop, the Mustangs kept firing away from behind the arc with Logan Quinn (Little Rock, AR) and Leif Karlberg (Anchorage, AK) burying treys to hand the Mustangs that seven-point advantage. The Mustangs wound up the first stanza, going 5-12 from long range.
But, just as quickly, the ball stopped going through the hoop for the Mustangs and the Broncos used that to play catch-up. Holding the Mustangs scoreless over a five-minute stretch, the Broncos ripped off eight points in a row, finished off by a DeRonn Scott layup with 3:25 left that put the Broncos up 31-30.
A Patureau basket interrupted that burst with a layup but it was only temporary as the Broncos scored the final nine points of a 17-2 burst to take a 40-32 advantage at halftime. Ironically, it was a Scott three-pointer that sent the Broncos to the half with their eight-point lead.
The Broncos didn't let up in the first two minutes of the second half, going up 46-34 on a Scott layup with 18:21 left to play. However, that was the last double-digit lead the Broncos would enjoy until late in the contest. Consecutive three-pointers from Devin Dyer (Temecula, CA) brought the Mustangs to within six (46-40) and no more than eight points separated the clubs until the final four minutes.
Down 56-49 with 9:27 showing on the clock, Dyer, who tallied 14 second-half points, almost rallied the Mustangs all the way back, tallying six straight points to bring the Mustangs to within one.
Not wanting to be upset on their own court, the Broncos answered Dyer and his teammates with a decisive 13-2 run in a 4:54 span that essentially put the game away. Fain, who was a sizzling 7-10 from the field in the second half (17 points) and scored his team's final 10 points, buried a couple of three-balls in the final two minutes to keep the Mustangs close but it just wasn't enough.
Fain led all scorers with 25 points, going 10-17 from the field, highlighted by four three-pointers. Dyer hit a trio of three-pointers en route to his 14 points while Patureau finished with 10 points and nine boards, tying teammate Paul Brown (Kingston, Jamaica) for game-high rebounding honors.
The Mustangs get their first chance to bounce back from a defeat this season when they return home Friday evening to host UC Merced. The ball goes up in Bross Gym at 7:30pm.