ADRIAN, Mich. -- A back-and-forth matchup between two teams running into tough luck seasons ended with another setback for the Mustangs (1-17, 1-9 WHAC) as the host Saints of Siena Heights (5-13, 4-7 WHAC) closed the game strong to take a 71-67 decision.
Up early in the first half, the Mustangs seemed poised to net their second WHAC win of the campaign. The Saints would fight back to knot it up at the half, 28-28.
In the second half, the Saints would shoot out to a double-digit lead before the Mustangs stormed back behind a balanced effort.
Freshman guard Diante Taylor (Battle Creek, Mich./Central) sliced through the lane for a layup with 2:36 left to play to put the Mustangs up one, 64-63.
From there, the Saints would take over and close the game out to take the four-point 71-67 win.
Sophomore standout Kevin Dunaj (Warren, Mich./Cousino) dropped in a career-high 20 points in the two-possession conference loss. The 6'7" forward would add six rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes of action.
Taylor would follow closely with 14 points, while senior guard Cameron Coburn (Bay City, Mich./All Saints) chipped in 12.
The Mustangs head to Lima, Ohio, to take on the University of Northwestern Ohio Saturday (Jan. 12) at 3 p.m. The conference tilt will feature live coverage.