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TMC basketball: Mustangs’ perfect ride

TMC uses strong defensive play to stay undefeated

Posted: November 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

The Master’s College men’s basketball team has plenty to be happy about just five games into its season.

Led by a stout defensive performance on Saturday night at Bross Gym, TMC was all over Lewis and Clark University in a 65-49 victory to improve to 5-0 on the year.

"For us to hold them to 29 percent (shooting) and only have seven turnovers ourselves … If you look at the score sheet, that’s the only glaring thing," said TMC head coach Chuck Martin.

Devin Dyer led the Mustangs with 15 points in a game where TMC controlled the tempo and the score from beginning to end.

Lewis and Clark (1-1) never led in the contest, and never got into an offensive rhythm, often settling for long-range jump shots.

The Pioneers were limited to 29 percent shooting and were outscored 28-14 in the paint.

At the midway point in the first half, the Mustangs led by nine points but allowed Lewis and Clark to cozy up to within five points at 31-26 by halftime.

That turned out to be the Pioneers’ best threat of the game as TMC opened the second half on an 11-3 run and continued to build on a lead after that.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well from long range, but the Mustangs extended possessions and waited patiently for open shots to make up for a 5-for-20 night from three-point land.

Jon Hogan finished with 10 point and Leif Karlberg added eight points and nine rebounds for the Mustangs.

"We’ve got good kids, they’re working hard," Martin said. "We’re getting contributions from 10-11 guys."

P.J. Taylor led the Pioneers with 12 points.

dagnew@the-signal.com

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