Mustangs Stop Pioneers In Their Tracks

Devin Dyer tallied 13 of his game-high 15 points in the second half and The Master’s College pulled away for a 65-49 victory over visiting Lewis & Clark of Oregon Saturday evening in Bross Gym.

The victory was the Mustangs’ fifth straight to start the season.

Dyer, the squad’s leading scorer at 12ppg, scored five of the Mustangs’ first seven points in the second half to spark a 16-3 spurt that got the Mustangs rolling.  Dyer also contributed a three-point play to the run which Anthony Cammon finished with a jumper for a 47-31 advantage at the 12:47 mark.

The Mustangs never led by less than 10 points the rest of the way and when the Pioneers closed to 56-46 with 5:16 remaining, the hosts responded with a Dyer-instigated, game-clinching 8-0 run.  He started it with a pair of free throws and then added his second three-pointer of the evening.  A Leif Karlberg three-point play capped the burst and the Mustangs were home free.

It wasn’t so in the game’s first seven minutes as the Mustangs couldn’t shake the Pioneers, leading by no more than three points.  But, Jon Hogan hit a pair of free throws for a 9-7 lead with 12:46 left in the first half, the Mustangs found the spark they needed.

The freshman’s charity tosses were the beginning of a 9-0 skein that put the Mustangs in apparent control.  Senior Richard LaFleur contributed to the run, sandwiching a pair of layups around a Mike Harmon trifecta.

The Mustangs maintained their distance and were still ahead 24-15 at the 5:29 mark before the Pioneers made their first big push of the evening.  Led by five points from PJ Taylor, the Pioneers reeled off seven straight points and closed to 24-22.

Cammon and Hogan answered with consecutive baskets to restore a six-point lead and Karlberg’s free throw with 1:06 remaining gave the Mustangs a 31-24 advantage.  Another bucket by Taylor closed out the first half and the Mustangs went to the break ahead 31-26.

The Mustangs shot just 43% from the field but it was their defense that did the job on this evening, limiting the Pioneers to 29% accuracy.

Hogan complemented Dyer with 12 points of his own while Harmon was the only other Mustang in double figures with 10 more.  Karlberg chipped in with eight points but grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

The Mustangs will have to wait a week for a shot at their sixth straight win as they take the Thanksgiving week off before playing at La Sierra next Saturday evening.