November 17, 2016
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s University men’s basketball team improved its 2016-17 record to 5-0 after beating Bethesda University 101-86 Thursday night on Bross Court.
Notably, out of TMU’s five games played this season, Thursday’s victory marked the fourth time that the Mustangs have passed the century mark in scoring.
The Mustangs led the Flames for the entirety of the evening and finished the game by going 38-66 (57%) from the field, 10-22 (45%) from behind the arc, and 15-25 (60%) from the charity stripe.
Delewis Johnson put TMU up 32-19 with a jumper at the 8:42 mark, giving TMU its largest lead of the first half (13 points). Johnson was one of five Mustangs to finish the evening by scoring in double-digits.
The Mustangs cruised to a comfortable 48-40 advantage at halftime where they made 50% of their three-pointers and 66% of their free throws.
After intermission, TMU picked up where it left off when Hansel Atencia drove for a layup 30 seconds into play. The Flames cut TMU’s lead to four points (54-50) at the 17:12 mark, but a Matthew McClain trifecta scored 22 seconds later sparked a relentless second-half scoring attack that gave the Mustangs an evening-high 25-point lead on two separate occasions.
Mustang newcomer Lawrence Russell posted TMU’s lone double-double after scoring 16 points and grabbing an evening-high 12 rebounds. Not to be overlooked, McClain posted 22 points, while Atencia scored 14 more. Atencia also led TMU in assists (11), while Lawrence posted a game-high four steals.
Commenting on Thursday’s win, first-year TMU head coach Kelvin Starr said, “Our offense was solid again tonight, but we need to continue to work on our defense.”
Starr and his Mustangs will now enjoy a lengthy break, returning to action on November 29 when they travel to San Dimas for a 7:00 p.m. tilt against Life Pacific College.