GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Mustangs (1-20, 1-12), played even more shorthanded than usual without fearless freshman Manny Washington (Dearborn, Mich./Edsel Ford), played hard but didn't have the depth to keep pace with a tough Cornerstone University Golden Eagles (14-7, 8-5 WHAC) squad as they suffered another setback by a final of 88-66.
Down only 11 at the break at 48-37, the Mustangs offense once again showed up early to go stride-for-stride with one of the conference's most prolific offenses. Due to the lack of depth and varsity experience, the Mustangs eventually fell by 22 as the Golden Eagles gradually pulled away for the conference win.
The Golden Eagles used the charity stripe to their advantage by taking twelve more trips to the line than the Mustangs. The host Golden Eagles would sink 11 more free throws to help them pull away in the second half.
Freshman guard Diante Taylor (Battle Creek, Mich./Central) continued his recent torrid pace with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. Taylor would also add six rebounds in the WHAC setback.
Sophomore sharpshooter Jordan Al (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) would net 14 points behind a 4-of-7 effort from three point land.
The Mustangs will fellow WHAC newcomer Lawrence Tech Wednesday (Jan. 23). The Mustangs picked up their lone win of the 2012-13 campaign against Lawrence Tech earlier this season.