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Pioneers Run Down Mustangs

Lewis & Clark outscored The Masterís College 11-4 over the final four minutes of play and rallied past the Mustangs 54-49 Monday evening in Portland. The loss was the first of the season for the Mustangs (2-1).

Down 45-43 with just over five minutes left, the hosts tallied seven consecutive points to go ahead for good. The Mustangs drew within 50-47 on a pair of Ronnie Dodd free throws with 2:07 remaining. The Pioneers countered with two charity tosses of their own with 29 seconds left but Joey Fucaís jumper at the 13-second mark kept the Mustangs alive. However, the Pioneers iced the win when Donato Perconti converted two free throws with six seconds remaining.

It didnít have to finish like that for the Mustangs who trailed only once in the first half but the Pioneers dominated the second half with some staunch defense and won their season opener. After hitting just over 46% of their shots in the first half, the Mustangs managed only 25% accuracy over the final 20 minutes.

A pair of Andy Shannon buckets and a Fuca jumper in the first 1:24 put the Mustangs up 6-2. The Pioneers knotted it up two minutes later and no more than four points separated the squads over the next 10 minutes. The Pioneers grabbed a short-lived, 13-12 advantage on a Justin McCullough jumper at the 13:13 mark but two Dodd free throws and a Shannon layup moved the Mustangs back in front by three points.

After a PJ Taylor three-pointer tied the scored again, the Mustangs responded with eight straight points to forge the largest lead of the game, 24-16. Anthony Cammonís jumper at the 8:33 mark triggered the burst and Shannon capped it off with a jumper over three minutes later.

But, the Pioneers roared back, outscoring the Mustangs 11-3 in a 3:20 span to create another tie (27-27). They added two free throws with just under ten seconds left but Doddís trifecta at the buzzer sent the Mustangs to the break, up 30-29.

Momentum gained at the end of the first half continued into the first four minutes of the second half as the Pioneers scored nine of the periodís initial 12 points to go ahead 38-33 with 15:58 left to play.

Over the next four minutes, the Mustangs whittled away at the deficit, finally knotting the score at 40-all on a Fuca jumper at the 12:04 mark. Neither club scored for over three minutes until a Cammon three-pointer with 8:55 remaining put the Mustangs back in front again. But, it wasnít nearly enough.

Undaunted, the Pioneers tied the game on a Kyle Meeuwsen trey with 7:07 left and then started their game-ending charge just over three minutes later after Cammon gave the Mustangs their final lead of the evening.

Dodd paced the Mustangs with 12 points and Fuca chipped in with 11 more as the Mustangs wound up shooting only 36% from the field.

Now, the Mustangs return to Southern California and have some time off before traveling to El Cajon on November 23 to open GSAC play against San Diego Christian.

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