In a season marked by offensive inconsistency, The Masterís College menís basketball team reached a new low Tuesday evening, falling 59-43 to Fresno Pacific in Bross Gym. The Mustangs fell to 9-14 overall and 2-11 in the GSAC while scoring their fewest points of the year.
Hitting just one of their first six shots, the Mustangs fell behind early but Anthony Cammon knotted the game at six-all with a three-pointer at the 16:21 mark of the first half. Then the spigot went dry for the next three minutes. Fortunately, the Sunbirds didnít do much better, managing only four points in that stretch.
Eventually, the visitors increased the margin to 15-9 with 10:43 left in the first half before the Mustangs put together their best run of the evening, outscoring the Sunbirds 9-0 in just over two minutes to take an 18-15 lead at the 7:39 mark. Devin Dyer fueled the burst with five straight points, three of those coming on a shot from behind the arc, while Anthony Wells and Paul Brown contributed buckets.
Just as quickly, though, the Sunbirds turned the tables, ripping off 12 straight points in 2Ĺ minutes to go up 27-18. Fuca and Wells tossed in two points apiece to close the gap to 29-22 but the Sunbirds surged again, tallying eight of the next 10 points to close out the half and taking a 37-24 lead at the break.
The Mustangs managed just 31% accuracy in the first half while the Sunbirds shot a robust 53%.
Cammon scored the second halfís first point with a free throw but the Sunbirds retaliated with another big run, this time reeling off a 9-1 burst in taking their largest lead to that point, 46-26. The Mustangs got no closer than 14 points (48-34) the rest of the way, unable to find the range for most of the second half.
Fucaís two free throws at the 11:02 mark made it a 14-point game but the Mustangs scored only two points during the next five minutes while the Sunbirds tallied 10 to leave no doubt. The margin grew to a game-high 22 points twice in the final six minutes.
Scoring just 19 points in the second half, the Mustangs shot a paltry 17% from the field.
Dyer paced the club with 14 points while Fuca chipped in with 10.
After a couple of days off, the Mustangs return to action on Saturday when they play at No. 2 Concordia.