Harmon, Teammates Three-Ball Hawks
Santa Clarita, Calif - Freshman Mike Harmon came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points and three other teammates scored in double figures Thursday evening as The Master’s College celebrated its home opener with an 80-51 pasting of Holy Names.
Coupled with a pair of wins in Oregon last week, Thursday’s victory gave the Mustangs a 3-0 record to start the 2011-12 campaign.
Fired up by a partisan Bross Gym crowd, the Mustangs tallied the game’s first eight points and never trailed. Junior Devin Dyer ignited the early run with four points and Anthony Cammon capped it off with a free throw.
The Hawks didn’t wilt, though, as they outscored the hosts 13-7 during a four-minute window to draw within 15-13 at the 10:34 mark of the first half. David Scott and Obie Woods combined for 10 of those points to vault the guests back into the game.
But, that spurt woke up the Mustangs who responded with a three-point generated, 17-0 run in a 3:34 span to take absolute control. Junior Leif Karlberg sparked it with a three-pointer and Anthony Cammon ended it with another trey. In between, the Mustangs poured in three more trifectas, all part of a first half that featured seven makes (14 attempts) from behind the arc.
Another three-ball, this one from Harmon with 2:29 left gave the Mustangs their largest lead (37-16) in the first period. They went to halftime up 39-20. Over the opening 20 minutes, the Mustangs limited the Hawks to 23% (7-31) accuracy from the field while connecting on 45% (14-31) themselves.
There was no let-up by the Mustangs in the second half as they displayed a lethal, inside-outside game. They drained only four three-pointers (nine attempts) over the final 20 minutes but still shot nearly 62% (16-26) from the field because of a strong presence in the paint.
Coming out of the break, Cammon drilled another three-pointer to boost the advantage over 20 points and the Mustangs never saw the lead dip below that again. The margin reached 30 points (62-32) with 11:15 remaining on a Chris Patureau free throw and when freshman Logan Quinn converted a layup at the 8:29 mark, the Mustangs had their largest lead (67-32) of the evening.
Harmon’s team-high total was highlighted by a 4-6 performance from behind the arc. He was complemented by three teammates who scored 12 points apiece. Dyer didn’t make a three-pointer but went 5-10 from the field and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds en route to a double-double. Karlberg and Cammon also tallied a dozen points each.
The Mustangs won’t have any time to dwell on this win as they return to action on Friday evening, hosting Arizona Christian in a 7:00pm start.