|Mustangs’ GSAC Troubles Continue|
The Master’s College's struggles in conference play continued Saturday evening when Pt. Loma Nazarene dealt the Mustangs a 75-58 defeat, the club’s fifth straight GSAC loss. The loss in San Diego dropped the Mustangs to 1-5 in the conference and 8-8 overall.
The first nine minutes of action were tightly played as the Mustangs enjoyed their only lead (2-0 on a Devin Dyer layup with 18:30 left in the first half) of the evening while trailing by no more than four points.
However, that all changed in a two-minute window when the Sea Lions blitzed the Mustangs 10-0 to take a 21-10 lead. The Mustangs countered with a Dyer bucket and a Joey Fuca free throw but the hosts kept up the pressure, extending the margin to as many as 14 (33-19) points before settling for a 36-25 halftime advantage.
The Mustangs showed signs of life in the final 2:20 of the first half when Anthony Cammon sank a pair of free throws, Dyer added a jumper, and Ronnie Dodd scored on a layup. But, it did little to prop up a 27%, first-half shooting performance, including an 0-6 showing from behind the arc.
The good vibes carried over into the first four minutes of the second half as Cammon and Dodd combined to score seven of the club’s first nine points, drawing the Mustangs to within 41-34 at the 16:18 mark. But, that was as close as they would get the rest of the way as the Sea Lions started to create some separation that would be decisive.
They used an 11-2 spurt to go up 52-36 and then employed 6-0 and 8-0 bursts for a 68-44 advantage with 5:57 left to play. That and a 72-48 cushion with 3:50 remaining gave the Sea Lions their largest leads of the evening.
Showing some fight until the end, the Mustangs closed things out by outscoring the Sea Lions 10-3 in the final 3:36. Dodd’s three-ball led the charge, Dyer added a layup, Fuca contributed a three-point play, and Leif Karlberg scored the final points of the evening.
The Mustangs improved to 50% (37% for the game) shooting over the final 20 minutes but the Sea Lions one-upped them with a 60% mark en route to 53% accuracy for the game.
Dyer paced three Mustangs in double figures with 15 points while Dodd (13) and Cammon (12) combined for 25 more off the bench.
Following a couple of days off, the Mustangs return home on Tuesday to face Westmont in a 7:30pm start in Bross Gym.