Mustangs Lose Hope, Keep Faith

February 24, 2013

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By Mason Nesbitt, TMC Sports Information Intern

Fullerton, Calif. — The Master’s College men’s basketball team scored a season low 44 points against No.18 Hope International on Saturday.  The Mustangs (16-13, 5-9) shot 31% from the field in the 50-44 loss.

Hope (24-6, 9-5 GSAC), which leads the GSAC in scoring defense, left an impression on TMC’s Jason Logan (Spartanburg, SC) with its physical play.

“We couldn’t get any post touches; we were getting driven out of the paint,” said Logan. “They are a good defensive team and are just as athletic as us.”

Post touches were, in fact, at a premium. Excluding Logan’s 11 points, Mustang big men combined for six points on eight attempts.

Randal Guillory’s 3-pointer, which just did beat the shot clock, put the Lions ahead for good with 4:37 left in regulation.  Guillory’s trifecta came moments after TMC’s Devin Dyer (Temecula, CA) scored five points in five seconds to tie the game at 41. Dyer scored on a driving layup and was fouled.  The free throw was no good but Logan grabbed one of his 10 rebounds and passed it back to a wide-open Dyer, who buried a 3-pointer.

Both teams shot under 35% in the first half.  Derrick Fain (Dallas, TX) got the Mustangs out of an early 8-2 hole with back-to-back 3-pointers, the second coming at the 13:53 mark.  Hope ended the first half on a 6-2 run to take a 20-19 lead into halftime.  Fain and Logan combined to score 14 of the Mustangs' first-half points.

Hope shot a much-improved 61.9% in the second half. The Mustangs however, dipped to 29%, but stayed close thanks, in large part, to Dyer’s 11 second-half points. Dyer’s two free throws with 16:31 to play cut the deficit to 26-24; the Lions then responded with an 8-2 run, giving them their largest lead of the game at 34-26 with 12:58 remaining.  The Mustangs wouldn’t cut Hope’s lead to less than four points until Dyer’s five-point outburst tied the game at 41.

Leading 48-44 with less than two minutes remaining, Hope missed the front end of bonus free throws on consecutive possessions.  But it didn’t matter since the Mustangs missed their last eight shots and two free throws. And on Senior Night at Darling Pavilion, senior Kris Rosales scored six of Hope’s last 11 points, including four of their last six, to seal the victory.

Rosales, Orlando Collins, who took down 16 rebounds, and Jeremy Kilgore all scored in double figures for the Lions. Dyer, Fain, and Leif Karlberg (Anchorage, AK) combined to shoot 9-37 from the field for the Mustangs.

With the loss, the Mustangs finished GSAC play in sixth place and will travel to Phoenix for a GSAC Tournament quarterfinal matchup with Arizona Christian (18-8, 8-6 GSAC) on Thursday.

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In other GSAC action, Biola fell to No. 8 Westmont 72-61,Vanguard defeated San Diego Christian 87-79, while Concordia topped Arizona Christian 91-88.