DETROIT, Mich. -- The Mustangs (1-8, 1-3 WHAC) nearly completed an upset over one of the NAIA's Top-15 programs when they dropped a close 80-71 decision to the No. 15 Cornerstone University Golden Eagles (6-2, 3-1 WHAC).
The most glaring statistical difference between the teams in Saturday's (Dec. 1) matinee conference matchup was the discrepancy in free throw percentage. Cornerstone was able to head to the line 41 times and converted on 32 tries to shoot 78%. The Mustangs made 28 trips to the charity stripe and sank a mere 13 attempts to shoot 46% from the line.
At halftime, the Mustangs found themselves down eight, 37-29, and looked to make adjustments during the recess to attempt at chipping away the halftime deficit.
In the end, the team could not covert on many chances from the free throw line and in front of the basket as Cornerstone edged the Mustangs in second half scoring 43-42 to take home an 80-71 victory over the Mustangs.
Senior guard Darryl Foster (Southfield, Mich./Missouri Valley College) was a tough matchup for the Golden Eagles en route to his game-high 24 points. Foster's well-rounded day also included a team-high 12 rebounds.
Senior forward Justin Armstrong (Detroit, Mich./Academy of Oak Park) corralled 10 rebounds while chipping in five points.
The Mustangs head to Grand Rapids Monday (Dec. 3) to play Kuyper College before returning home Wednesday (Dec. 5) to host Michigan-Dearborn at 7:30 p.m.