Mustangs Slay Spartans

Scoring 15 of the game’s first 17 points, The Master’s College toyed with Central Bible College of Missouri Friday evening, routing the Spartans 96-46.

Posting their highest point total and margin of victory of the season, the Mustangs improved to 8-1.

Senior guard Anthony Cammon set the tone for the evening, drilling a three-pointer 10 seconds into play that put the Mustangs in front to stay and sparking the decisive 15-2 burst.  Freshman Christ Patureau followed Cammon’s three-ball with six straight points and Leif Karlberg added four more.

It took a little longer for the game to take on rout proportions because the Spartans stayed within shouting distance, closing to 25-14 with 7:36 left in the first half.  But, a Paul Brown jumper and a Karlberg trifecta lengthened the margin to 16 points.  Karlberg added another long-range bomb less than a minute later (5:08 remaining) and the Mustangs closed out the half on an 8-2 run to take a 41-21 lead at intermission.

Karlberg paced the Mustangs with 10 first-half points, hitting 4-7 from the field, including 2-5 from behind the arc.  Patureau chipped in with eight more as the Mustangs hit at a 59% clip from the field while limiting the Spartans to 31% efficiency.

Appearing just a bit sluggish in the first two minutes of the second half, the Mustangs gave up four quick points before Karlberg and his teammates took off.  Reeling off 21 straight points, the Mustangs turned an 18-point lead (43-25) into a 64-25 advantage over a five-minute span.  Karlberg tallied 11 of those points, nine of them on consecutive trifectas.

From then on it was just a matter of executing and running out the clock.  The lead reached 41 (72-31) on a Mike Harmon layup with just over 10 minutes remaining and went over the 50-point plateau (88-37) on a Lance Reeves’ three-pointer at the 4:43 mark.

As well as the Mustangs shot in the first half, they were even better over the final 20 minutes, converting 60% (18-30) of their attempts.  Eight of those buckets came from behind the arc.  In addition, the Mustangs clamped down on the Spartans in the second half, limiting them to just 23%.

Karlberg equaled a season-high with five treys en route to a season-high 21 points.  Sophomore guard Logan Quinn came off the bench and wowed the fans, drilling four straight three-pointers in a matter of 3½ minutes, finishing with 15 points.  Patureau tacked on 10 more points.

The Mustangs should put this one behind them quickly with Cal Poly Pomona coming to town tomorrow evening.  The NCAA Division II Broncos, national champions two years ago, invade Bross Gym as the nation’s 14th-ranked squad.