November 23, 2012
Claremont, CA - Leif Karlberg poured in five of his team's dozen three-pointers in The Master's College 77-58 beating of Pomona Pitzer Friday evening on the first day of the David Wells Classic in Claremont.
Playing their first game in a week, the Mustangs went 12-18 from behind the arc and won for the second consecutive time, improving to 5-1.
Karlberg (Anchorage, AK), who was shooting just 36% from behind the arc through the club's first five contests, regained his form against the Sagehens, going 5-8 from long range. Three of those came in the first half when the Mustangs rallied from an eight-point deficit to lead by as many as 12 and took a lead they would never relinquish.
The first of Karlberg's treys pulled the Mustangs to within 4-3 at the 17:48 mark of the first half but the Sagehens answered with a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to take an 11-3 advantage.
However, on an evening when the long-distance focus was on Karlberg, his teammates dialed in to help out as evidenced in a 13-2 burst that featured three-balls by Lance Reeves (Visalia, CA) and Derrick Fain (Dallas, TX), vaulting the Mustangs in front 15-13 with 10:06 remaining in the half. Junior center Austin Loeb (Cypress, CA) capped off the skein with four points.
A quick, 5-0 spurt put the Sagehens back in front but another three-ball, this one from Logan Quinn (Little Rock, AR), tied the game at 18-all and fueled a 16-3 run over a 6:27 span that put the Mustangs ahead for good. Along the way, Jason Logan (Spartanburg, SC) scored five points and Karlberg drained two more treys to finish things off for a 31-21 lead at the 2:37 mark.
The Sagehens interrupted the skein with a basket but a Logan layup and two free throws from Quinn extended the lead to a half-high 12 points (35-23) before a Moss three-pointer cut the Mustang lead to nine points at the break.
Logan and Karlberg shared first-half scoring honors with nine points as the Mustangs shot just under 48% (11-23) from the field, including a 6-9 mark from behind the arc.
The Mustangs matched that long-range marksmanship over the final 20 minutes and many of those came at the most opportune times. Four of those were sunk in a 6:08 window that extended the Mustang lead into double figures and were key elements in a 15-7 skein that finished off the Sagehens.
Fittingly, Karlberg started things off with a long-range bomb at the 16:06 mark and Reeves, who went 3-4 from behind the arc, added to the assault with a pair of treys for a 53-43 lead. Chris Patureau (Houston, TX) added another trey in between and Fain finished things off with a hoop for the hot-shooting Mustangs.
The Mustangs were far from finished, too. Not content to just cruise to a win, the club put the hammer down over the final nine minutes, extending the lead to as many as 20 points (76-56) with just under a minute to play. That margin was reached on Karlberg's final three-pointer of the evening.
In the second stanza, the Mustangs upped their accuracy to 52% (15-29) and finished the evening by converting exactly 50% (26-52) of their shots. Karlberg led six Mustangs in double figures with 16 points while Devin Dyer (Temecula, CA) added 12 more. Logan tallied 11 points and helped the squad to a 36-30 rebound margin by taking down a team-high seven boards. Fain, Reeves, and Loeb all chipped in with 10 points.
Looking to go 2-0 at the Wells Classic, the Mustangs face host Claremont tomorrow evening at 5:00pm.
Reeves, who went 3-4 from behind the arc, started it off with a long-range bomb and Fain ended it