|Two’s Not Enough|
Devin Dyer and Anthony Cammon combined for 48 points but it wasn’t nearly enough as No. 2 Concordia cruised to an 89-71 victory over The Master’s College Saturday evening in Irvine.
The Mustangs, who have now lost nine of their last 10 games, fell to 9-15 overall and 2-12 in the GSAC. Meanwhile, the Eagles stayed unbeaten (14-0) in conference play and improved to 22-2 overall.
The highly-regarded Eagles started quickly, scoring the game’s first four points en route to a 10-2 lead. They were still up 16-8 when the Mustangs tallied four straight points, two each by Cammon and Dyer, to chop the deficit in half with 12:47 left in the half.
All that did was fire up the Eagles who proceeded to score eight of the next 10 points on the way to their first double-digit lead (24-14) of the evening. The Mustangs managed to close the gap to 26-19 on a Cammon three-ball with 7:54 remaining but then the Eagles took command, outscoring the visitors 9-2 in a 2˝-minute window for a 35-21 advantage.
The Mustangs would get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way while the Eagles continued to build on their lead, going up by as many as 18 points twice, highlighted by a 46-28 bulge at the half.
The Mustangs shot just 38% from the field in the first half while the Eagles converted at a 55% clip.
Although the Eagles cooled off in the second half (down to 42% while the Mustangs hit at 44%), the outcome was never in doubt as they led by as many as 24 points (62-38). That came with 15:37 left to play.
The second half was not without some good play by the Mustangs who played valiantly against one of the nation’s best squads. Down 65-42 with just over 11 minutes remaining, Dyer tallied seven straight points to pull his team within 16 while making the Eagles take notice.
They did just that by putting the seal on the win with five straight points. From then on it was just a matter of what the final score was going to be.
Dyer enjoyed a sensational all-around evening, scoring a career-high 27 points on 11-18 shooting while notching his first career double-double by grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Cammon was solid, too, with 21 points on 9-17 accuracy.
The Mustangs will look to rebound next Tuesday evening when they travel to La Mirada to take on No. 8 Biola.