January 28, 2014
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Master’s College men’s basketball team’s 2013-14 record dropped to 13-7 (1-4 GSAC) after falling to Westmont College 50-58 Tuesday night in Santa Barbara.
Starting things off, Westmont’s Marcus Farrand scored 6 of the Warriors’ opening 9 points before TMC’s Bernard Ireland (Rialto, CA) put the Mustangs ahead 10-9 with 15:36 left to play.
Moments later, Billy Keller put Westmont ahead off two successful free throws until Chris Patureau (Houston, TX) answered back by giving TMC its final lead of the night off a layup, bringing the score to 12-11.
And while minimal at times, Westmont maintained its lead over the Mustangs in the following 14 minutes, going into the half with a 28-23 advantage.
At the break, the Mustangs shot 8-28 (28%) from the field, 1-8 on three-pointers (12%) and 6-6 (100%) on free throws. Also at the half, TMC scored 12 points in the paint. Notably, the Mustangs’ bench matched the Warrior’s reserves by scoring 8 points.
Even though Derrick Fain (Dallas, TX) and Korey Anderson (Clovis, CA) tied the game early in the second half at 28-28, Westmont’s Jason Ritchey answered back with a layup, bringing the score to 30-28. Ricthey’s layup sparked Westmont’s second half scoring barrage that eventually proved to be too much for the Mustangs to handle.
On multiple occasions in the second half, the Warrior’s led the Mustangs by a game-high 13 points. And while TMC vied for a late comeback, Westmont ultimately bested the Mustangs 58-50.
At the end of the night, Fain led TMC in scoring with 11 points while Jason Logan (Spartansburg, SC) and Zach Stalin (Bellingham, WA) each put up 8 more. As a team, TMC went 19-59 (32%) from the field, 3-12 (25%) behind the arc, and 9-11 (81%) from the charity stripe.
Now, the squad looks to earn its second GSAC victory on Saturday in El Cajon against San Diego Christian (6-8, 2-3 GSAC). Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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In other GSAC action, No. 23 Vanguard took down No. 8 Concordia with a 94-79 victory, San Diego Christian fell to No. 13 Arizona Christian 88-76, and Biola beat Hope International 88-76 in La Mirada.