SANTA CLARITA, CA – A proficient post presence and solid guard play helped lead The Master's College to a 91-56 win over the Caltech men's basketball team on Tuesday evening.
The Mustangs held a plus-17 rebounding margin which helped them hold a 44-16 edge for points in the paint. They also held a 19-8 advantage in second change points.
The Master's College backcourt turned the ball just seven times while dishing out 18 assists. Devin Dyer handed out a team high seven assists. The home squad held a 27-4 edge in points off of turnovers.
In the first ever meeting between the two schools, the Mustangs scored the first 17 points of the game. A Michael Edwards three-pointer then a Kc Emezie field goal momentarily stopped The Master's College momentum. However, that 12-point deficit was as close as the Beavers would come in the first half. The Mustangs stretched their lead to as large as 21 points before going into the locker room up 41-20.
Similarly to the first stanza, the Mustangs opened the second half in prolific fashion by outscoring the Beavers 16-4 to take a 56-25 lead with 16:03 left to play. The Mustangs never led by less than 27 points the rest of the way.
The Master's College shot 53.8 percent (21-of-39) from the field in the second half and ended the evening at 50 percent (35-for-70) marksmanship.
Derrick Fan led five Mustang players with a 22-point evening. Chris Patureau chipped in a double-double effort by scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Mike Paluchniak had a team high and personal season best 15 points on the strength of a 5-for-8 effort from behind the arc. Edwards went 5-for-10 from the floor en route to a 12-point performance.
Caltech plays one more SCIAC game in the 2012 calendar year when they travel to ClaremontMuddScripps on Saturday evening for a 7:00 p.m. start.