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College men's basketball: Tough night from field

TMC never leads in one-point loss to Biola

Posted: February 10, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2013 1:55 a.m.

The Master's College forward Chris Patureau, sophomore, cuts through the middle of Biola's defense for a layup during Saturday's game at Bross Gym.

 

Shooting woes hurt The Master’s College men’s basketball team, which was defeated by the Biola College Eagles 54-53 Saturday at Bross Gym.

TMC trailed the entire game as it combined to shoot 20-of-55 for just 36.4 percent.

“Clearly we didn’t make enough shots,” said TMC head coach Chuck Martin. “We held them to 30 percent in the second half and couldn’t get a win.”

Biola leaned on its offensive balance as four players reached double figure point totals.

Cody Wittick, Jeremy Pope, and David Cline each contributed a team-high 11 points, while Mike Kurtz added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Devin Dyer led the way for TMC (14-11 overall, 3-7 Golden State Athletic Conference) as he finished with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting.

The senior guard knocked down four 3-pointers and scored 11 of his points in the second half.

Jason Logan added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Leif Karlberg dropped in 11 points.

Paul Brown finished with two points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks, but most of his contributions go unnoticed in the box score.

“He’s done a great job changing shots and controlling the middle,” Martin said. “We’re not as good on either end when (Brown) isn’t in the game. He’s played great in 10 straight even if it doesn’t show up on the stat sheet.”

Layups by Logan on back-to-back possessions tied the score at 47, but the Eagles (14-12, 4-6) responded by just edging the Mustangs down the stretch.

TMC’s Derrick Fain knocked down a 3-pointer from the right corner as time expired that set the final score at 54-53.

The TMC faithful thought Fain was fouled as he connected on the deep ball, but no call was made, sealing the game.

“It’s a make and miss game, but when you shoot 36 percent, it’s a little discouraging,” Martin said. “They defended us and we defended them, and they won by one point.”

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