|Leif’s A Pain For Bruins|
Leif Karlberg drained a career-high seven three-pointers and poured in a career-best 25 points as The Master’s College christened the 2010-11 basketball campaign with an 88-63 victory over Bethany University Saturday evening in Scotts Valley.
Karlberg, whose previous personal-highs of six trifectas and 20 points were produced during last year’s freshman season, had plenty of help from behind the arc as his teammates combined for six more treys and the Mustangs finished the evening 13-28 (46.4%) from long distance.
Seven (7-16) of those long-range bombs came in a decisive first half when the Mustangs pulled away, en route to a 44-19 halftime cushion. Overall, they shot just a tick under 46% from the field during the opening 20 minutes while holding the Bruins to 35% (7-20) accuracy.
There was no letup in the second half, either, as the Mustangs were even better from the field, hitting on 58% (18-31) of their attempts, including 6-12 from behind the arc.
Joining Karlberg in double figures were a trio of teammates, including senior point guard Joey Fuca, who tossed in 17 points, and transfer Anthony Wells who had 12 more. Another transfer, Ronnie Dodd, contributed off the bench with 11 more points.
Karlberg and Fuca paced a stunningly efficient offense, dishing out seven assists apiece as the Mustangs had 29 assists on their 35 baskets. In addition, junior transfer center Andy Shannon led the club’s 36-31 rebounding edge with a game-high eight boards.
Following their brief trip to Northern California, the Mustangs return to Bross Gym Tuesday evening where they’ll open up their home schedule with a 7:30pm tip against West Coast Baptist.