December 17, 2016
Riverside, Calif. -- Lawrence Russell was making a habit of double-doubles during an 8-1 start for The Master's University.
He may have started another one Saturday evening when he posted a triple-double in a 123-70 victory for the Mustangs over La Sierra in the Inland Empire. The Mustangs are now 9-1.
Russell, who notched a half dozen double-doubles through the first nine games, took his game to another all-around level against the Golden Eagles, scoring 12 points, dishing out a season-high 11 assists, and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Shooting a solid 55% (23-42) from the field in the first half, the Mustangs raced to a 56-30 lead at intermission. That number dipped just a bit (52%) in the second half, however, their accuracy (12-23) from behind the arc matched that in the final stanza as the Mustangs tallied a season-high 67 points in a half over the final 20 minutes en route to their fifth 100-point-plus game of 2016-17.
Russell may have attracted the most attention with his performance but he had plenty of help.
Senior Reid Shackelford was responsible for much of the long-range production, draining seven three-pointers on the way to tying for game-high honors with 23 points.
Freshman Travis Yenor matched Shackelford's offensive production, going 11-19 from the field to establish a career-high.
Sophomore Delewis Johnson continued to show why he's one of the nation's top sixth men, scoring 16 points on 7-11 accuracy. Junior transfer Matt McClain contributed 15 more points and his 10 rebounds notched his third double-double of the year.
Sophomore Keegan Scott buried three-pointers and scored a season-high 13 points. The Mustangs were playing without injured starting point guard Hansel Atencia for the second game in a row but senior Evan Jenkins helped fill the void, scoring five points and handing out seven assists in his second consecutive start.
Head coach Kelvin Starr was pleased with his team's play, saying, "Everyone did a great job sticking with the process tonight. The balanced scoring showed that."
The Mustangs, who play an exhibition at Long Beach State on Monday evening, will enjoy a nice Christmas break until resuming regular-season play on December 29 when they host the two-day New Year's Classic. The Mustangs will play UC Merced on the 29th and then take on Carroll of Montana the following day.