Mustangs Stop Pioneers In Their Tracks

November 7, 2012

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Angwin, CA - Jason Logan fueled a late 9-0 run and The Master's College pulled away from Pacific Union Wednesday evening, beating the Pioneers 68-54 in their first regular-season road game of the 2012-13 campaign.

For the second time in four days, Logan (Spartanburg, SC) came off the bench to spark the Mustangs (2-0), igniting the decisive burst with a bucket in the paint at the 7:07 mark.  Leif Karlberg (Anchorage, AK) sandwiched a three-pointer and a pair of free throws around a Devin Dyer (Temecula, CA) basket as part of the skein that took the Mustangs from an eight-point edge to a 60-43 cushion with 3:25 left to play.  The Pioneers never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Dyer was part of getting the Mustangs off to a good start, too, following up Chris Patureau's (Houston, TX) three-pointer with a trifecta of his own as TMC tallied the first six points of the game.  Minutes later, the senior guard scored two more of his half-high nine points as part of another 6-0 run that put the Mustangs up 12-4 with 14:33 left in the opening half.

However, the Pioneers refused to go away, pulling to within one (15-14) almost five minutes later on a Chris Miller trey and then closing to 23-20 when Danny Sepulveda scored with 2:32 left in the stanza.  But, the Mustangs had an answer each time, ripping off six straight points on both occasions to keep some distance between them and the Pioneers.  Logan, Dyer, and Karlberg sparked the first surge while Logan capped the second with a deuce for a 29-23 lead that the Mustangs took to halftime.

Despite those runs, the Mustangs shot just 38% (11-29) from the field over the opening 20 minutes while the Pioneers were a little more accurate (39%).  The Mustangs were helped by 14 Pioneer turnovers.

That trend of surging then coming back to the Pioneers continued during the first three minutes of the second half until an Austin Loeb (Cypress, CA) hoop with15:35 left to play keyed another 6-0 spurt which was capped by a Derrick Fain (Dallas, TX) basket just 25 seconds later.

This time, the Pioneers could not respond and the Mustangs started to inch away.  After going scoreless for more than two minutes, the Mustangs tore off another 6-0 run as Logan started it with a basket with 12:22 remaining and Patureau, who had 11 second-half points, finished it off less than two minutes later with the second of two straight baskets for a 45-34 advantage.

The Pioneers trimmed the deficit under 10 points on three occasions the rest of the way but the Mustangs kept their distance, eventually tying the largest margin of the contest at 68-51 on a Patureau second-chance with 21 ticks left on the click.

Dyer led all scorers with 17 points, going 8-16 from the field, while Patureau finished with 14 more on 6-8 shooting.  Logan continued to impress with a fine all-around game, tallying 13 points, yanking down a team-high eight rebounds, and making three steals.

After being on the road for much of this week, the Mustangs return home on Saturday evening to host West Coast Baptist in a 7:00pm start in Bross Gym.