Eugene, Ore. - Mike Harmon tallied 15 of his game-high 17 points in a decisive first half and The Master’s College rolled to an easy 74-48 win over New Hope Christian College Saturday evening in Eugene, Oregon.
The Mustangs’ victory capped a brief, but successful season-opening road trip to Oregon as they opened the 2011-12 campaign with a pair of wins.
Harmon, a freshman from Katy, Texas, entered the game with 14 minutes left in the first half and proceeded to score seven consecutive points as the Mustangs built a 13-2 lead. When the Deacons chopped the deficit to eight points (14-6), Harmon’s bucket and two free throws sparked a 7-0 spurt over a three-minute window that built the advantage to 15 with 4:30 remaining in the first half.
The Mustangs continued to press the Deacons in the remaining minutes of the opening period and Harmon was at the forefront when his basket with 3:33 left initiated a 9-2 spurt that gave the Mustangs a 30-11 lead at the break.
Although the Mustangs shot just 41% (12-29) from the field over the opening 20 minutes, they put the clamps on the Deacons, holding the hosts to 16% (5-31) accuracy.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Mustangs showed no let-up. The advantage reached a game-high 31 points (50-19) with 13:28 left to play after Anthony Wells’ basket capped a 9-0 burst. That lead was matched just over three minutes later when junior transfer Lance Reeve drained a three-pointer for a 57-26 lead. The Deacons didn’t get any closer than 24 points the rest of the way.
Leif Karlberg, who sank a trio of three-pointers, was the only other Mustang in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Four other Mustangs scored eight points or more, including freshman Chris Patureau, who tallied nine points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
After shooting 44% (15-34) in the second half, the Mustangs finished the game shooting at a 43% clip. The Deacons improved to 34% (12-35) over the final 20 minutes but still shot just 26% for the game.
With two wins to start the season, the Mustangs return to Southern California to play their home opener this Thursday when they host Holy Names in a 7:00pm start in Bross Gym.