Fain And Mustangs Sink Keelhaulers

November 29, 2013

Atherton, CA -- Derrick Fain poured in a season-high 26 points, highlighted by a three-pointer midway through the first half that put The Master's College ahead to stay, and the Mustangs went on to post a 92-70 win over Cal Maritime on the first day of the Lamont Ramsey Classic at Menlo College.

Matching their season-high in points, the Mustangs won their second game in a row and lifted their record to 5-2.

Fain (Dallas, TX), who had struggled through the first five games of the season, shooting just under 40% from the field, had no such problem Friday afternoon, going 8-15, including a 6-12 showing from behind the arc, en route to his season-high total.  His six treys were just one behind his season-best total of seven against Cal Poly Pomona on November 12.

The junior sharpshooter's first trifecta of the evening on the Mustangs' first possession produced the game's initial points.  A little over five minutes later (14:20 left in the first half), his jumper inside the arc gave the Mustangs their largest lead to that point, 17-12.  However, that advantage was short-lived as the Keelhaulers ripped off eight of the game's next 10 points in a two-minute window to vault ahead 20-19.

The Mustangs regained the lead on a pair of Bernard Ireland (Victorville, CA) free throws and went up 23-20 on a Zach Stalin (Bellingham, WA) jumper with 9:50 remaining in the half.  The Keelhaulers used a three-pointer on their next possession to tie the game but Fain sandwiched a pair of long-range bombs around an Ireland free throw and a Chris Patureau (Houston, TX) jumper, keying a 9-2 run that gave the Mustangs a 32-25 lead.

He wasn't done, either.  After Korey Anderson (Clovis, CA) scored four straight points on a pair of jumpers, the Mustangs closed out the half on a 10-4 skein, eight of those coming from the line, including four from Fain who finished with 15 points at the break as the Mustangs led 46-31 at intermission.

Over the opening 20 minutes, the Mustangs sank 50% (14-28) of their shots from the field while limiting the Keelhaulers to 42% (13-31) accuracy.

There was no let-up from the Mustangs in the first few minutes of the second half as they took complete command, using a trio of Fain three-pointers to zoom to a 63-42 advantage with 13:48 left to play.

Over the next two minutes, the club enjoyed a pair of 24-point leads, 66-42 after a three-point play from Reid Shackelford (Murrieta, CA) and 68-44 on an Anderson jumper, and when Shackelford tallied five straight points on a three-pointer and a jumper with just over eight minutes left to play, the Mustangs had their largest cushion (77-51) of the evening.

The Keelhaulers got no closer than 20 points the rest of the way and down the stretch Stalin nailed a trio of jumpers, Shackelford hit another shot, and Britton Doerbecker (Northridge, CA) closed out the scoring with a three-pointer just 1:05 from the end.

After converting half of their shots in the first half, the Mustangs were even better in the second stanza, hitting at a 61% (19-31) clip.

Fain was joined in double figures by a quartet of teammates, including Stalin who had 13 points on 5-7 shooting.  Ireland and Shackelford threw in 12 points apiece while Anderson chipped in with 10 more.  Patureau pulled down a game-high seven rebounds as the Mustangs outboarded the Keelhaulers 35-23.

The Mustangs finish off play in the Ramsey Classic on Saturday when they face off with host Menlo before returning to Southern California.