ALMA, Mich.-The Mustangs hit the hardwood for the last time in 2009 at Alma College on Saturday. The northern road tilt with NCAA D3 Scots turned south quickly as the Mustangs were smothered by 3-pointers en rout to an 88-74 defeat.
The two teams played to an even first 10:00 minutes of play before a 28-9 Scot run put the Mustangs down 46-27 at the break. Showing grit and determination, the Mustangs raced back into the contest and brought the score to within four (57-53) with just over 11:00 minutes to play.
The Scots used their strong long-distance shooting to once again put away the Mustangs, this time for good. A 13-for-30 effort from beyond the arc paced the Scots for an 88-74 victory.
Eric Johnson (Southfield, Mich.) led the Mustangs with 18 points and nine rebounds. He was followed by Justin McKinney (Detroit, Mich.) and Marcus Hopkins (Southfield, Mich.) with 17 and 16 respectively. McKinney added 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Hopkins spread the wealth with seven assists in the contest.
Christmas Break has hit for the Mustangs. The team will take a week off before preparing for a January 2, 2010 showdown with NAIA foe, Madonna University. The Crusaders welcome the Mustangs to town for a 12pm tip.
Category: Men's Basketball