The Master’s University men’s basketball team beat San Diego Christian 102-64 Wednesday night on Bross Court.
With the win, No. 23 TMU’s 2017-16 record improved to 18-3 and 7-3 in Golden State Athletic Conference play.
After leading the Hawks for the entirety of the first half, the Mustangs entered the break with an outstanding 47-27 advantage after going 20-31 (64%) from the field, 5-12 (41%) from behind the arc, and a perfect 2-2 on free throws.
At halftime, TMU’s Reid Shackelford led all scorers with 11 points, while freshman standout Timothy Soares followed with 10 more.
TMU’s dominance continued into the second half as the Mustangs posted a 37-point advantage on four separate occasions (74-37, 77-40, 79-42, 101-64).
Notably, TMU’s Harrison White gave the Mustangs their largest lead of the evening (38 points) on two separate occasions. At the 5:54 mark, White drove in a layup, putting TMU up 87-49. A minute later, White drained a three-pointer, increasing the Mustangs’ lead to 90-52.
TMU enjoyed a 30+ point advantage for the rest of the evening and closed things with a 102-64 victory. So far this season, the Mustangs have crossed the century mark in scoring on six separate occasions.
Five mustangs finished the evening by scoring in double figures as Hansel Atencia led all scorers with 16 points, Shackelford and Evan Jenkins both scored 15 points, Soares tallied 14 points, while Travis Yenor scored 12 points. Soares also grabbed 10 rebounds, which marked his third double-double of the season.
Collectively, TMU went 41-66 (62%) from the field, 11-28 (39%) on three-pointers, and 9-10 (90%) on free throws.
Commenting on Wednesday’s win, first-year TMU men’s basketball head coach Kelvin Starr said, “We played a great defensive game tonight as we only let them shoot 31% from the field. I’m looking forward to moving on to our next game as we play a really talented Biola on Saturday.”
As Starr mentioned, the Mustangs will welcome No. 6 Biola to Bross Court on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. showdown. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as crowds are expected to reach capacity due to the planned “TMU Stampede” events happening on campus that evening.