TMU men’s hoops defeated by D1 foe

By Haley Sawyer

Last update: Monday, December 19th, 2016

 

The Master’s University was within striking distance of a win, but eventually fell to NCAA Division 1 Long Beach State 97-78 Monday night on the road in TMU’s final exhibition of the season.

At the end of the first half, the visiting Mustangs, who are off to a 9-2 start to the season, only trailed by 13 points and were outscored by just six points in the second half.

But the 49ers’ scoring depth prevailed, outshooting TMU 62 percent to 45 percent in addition to scoring 48 points off the bench as compared to TMU’s 14.

Reid Shackelford made 8-of-15 shots on the night, 6-of-12 from behind the arc, on his way to 24 points, which tied him for most in the game with LBSU’s Justin Bibbins. TMU’s Travis Yenor was the second-highest scorer with 18 points.

Lawrence Russell led TMU in both rebounds and assists with four and six, respectively.

“We competed at a very high level and that builds confidence,” Shackelford said after the game via text message. “We’re looking forward to seeing what we can do in (the Golden State Athletic Conference) when we get back from break.”

The Mustangs continue play on Dec. 29 at home against UC Merced in the New Year’s Classic tournament.

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TMU men’s hoops defeated by D1 foe

 

The Master’s University was within striking distance of a win, but eventually fell to NCAA Division 1 Long Beach State 97-78 Monday night on the road in TMU’s final exhibition of the season.

At the end of the first half, the visiting Mustangs, who are off to a 9-2 start to the season, only trailed by 13 points and were outscored by just six points in the second half.

But the 49ers’ scoring depth prevailed, outshooting TMU 62 percent to 45 percent in addition to scoring 48 points off the bench as compared to TMU’s 14.

Reid Shackelford made 8-of-15 shots on the night, 6-of-12 from behind the arc, on his way to 24 points, which tied him for most in the game with LBSU’s Justin Bibbins. TMU’s Travis Yenor was the second-highest scorer with 18 points.

Lawrence Russell led TMU in both rebounds and assists with four and six, respectively.

“We competed at a very high level and that builds confidence,” Shackelford said after the game via text message. “We’re looking forward to seeing what we can do in (the Golden State Athletic Conference) when we get back from break.”

The Mustangs continue play on Dec. 29 at home against UC Merced in the New Year’s Classic tournament.

About the author

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and primarily covers Football, boys basketball, girls soccer and girls golf for The Signal.

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and primarily covers Football, boys basketball, girls soccer and girls golf for The Signal.