SANTA CLARITA, Calif.—There are times when the clock is your friend, and there are times when it is your enemy.
The San Diego Christian College men's basketball team ran out of time in their late push to overcome The Master's College on Saturday night, cutting a 21-point deficit to six with just over two minutes left, before eventually falling to the Mustangs 81-71.
TMC moves to 13-8 overall and 2-4 in the GSAC. SDCC is now 5-10 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
The Mustangs started the game on an 11-2 run over the first three minutes to grab the early advantage. The Hawks quickly responded, going on a 14-6 run to cut the lead down to 17-16 with just over eleven minutes to play.
TMC came right back with a run of their own, pushing the lead to 30-18 after a 13-2 run over a seven minute stretch. SDCC was able to cut the lead down to single digits at 34-26 heading into intermission.
The Hawks were 11-30 (36.7%) from the field in the first half, while TMC shot 48.1 percent (13-27). The Mustangs also outscored SDCC in points in the paint, 18-8.
The second half saw SDCC cut the lead to 37-30 after a Peter Beale-Wirsing layup at the 18:53 mark. TMC then used a 21-7 run to take their largest advantage at 58-37 with just under twelve minutes remaining.
The Hawks refused to quit, chipping away at the Mustang lead. SDCC went on a 21-8 run over a six minute stretch to cut the TMC advantage to 72-66 with 2:24 on the clock.
The Mustangs connected on free throws down the stretch and SDCC could not close the gap any more.
Jason Logan led the Mustangs with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Derrick Fain had 23 points and Devin Dyer added 15.
For the game, SDCC connected on 27-65 (41.5%) shots while TMC shot 46.7 percent (28-60). The Mustangs won the rebounding battle 46-28 and were 19-28 from the charity stripe compared to the Hawks, who were 9-10.
SDCC returns home on Tuesday, January 29, hosting fifteenth-ranked Hope International. Game time is set for 7:30pm.