January 28, 2017
ROCKLIN, Calif. – The Master’s University men’s basketball team continued its outstanding 2016-17 campaign by beating No. 16 William Jessup University 79-65 on Saturday in Rocklin.
The Mustangs’ overall record improved to 17-3 and 6-3 in Golden State Athletic Conference play. So far this season, TMU is 4-2 against NAIA nationally ranked opponents after Saturday’s game.
“Our guys did a good job of bouncing back in the second half after struggling a bit the first 20 minutes,” commented TMU head coach Kelvin Starr. “Give Jessup credit as they made some very difficult shots and made us play a very good game to beat them.”
The Mustangs were narrowly outscored 37-34 in the first half, but outscored the Warriors 45-28 in the second half. TMU led WJU for 35 minutes and 24 seconds and battled through five lead changes and two tied scores.
Four Mustangs scored in double figures as Reid Shackelford posted a game-high 21 points and freshman standout Timothy Soares tallied 15 points, while Delewis Johnson and Hansel Atencia each scored 13 points. Soares’ 13 rebounds earned him his second double-double of the year. Lawrence Russell had a balanced game by grabbing nine boards, scoring eight points, chipping in four assists, and posting two blocks.
As a team, the Mustangs went 24-55 (43%) from the field, 4-17 (23%) from behind the arc, and 27-34 (84%) from the charity stripe.
Now, the Mustangs will return to Placerita Canyon for a pair of GSAC games. On Wednesday, TMU will host San Diego Christian at 7:30 p.m. Then, on Saturday, the Mustangs will welcome No. 7 Biola to Bross Court for a 7:30 p.m. showdown.