Santa Clarita, CA - Looking to get back in the win column the Golden Eagle men's basketball team were back on the road, as they trekked to Santa Clarita, CA, to face The Master's College in a non-conference match-up. But a tough shooting first half put La Sierra into a hole they were unable to get out of, ultimately losing by a final of 58-99.
The Golden Eagles shot just 22 percent from the field (7-for-32), including one 3-point make on seven attempts.
The second half proved much more efficient for La Sierra who made 14 field goals on 25 attempts (56 percent). But that wasn't enough to make up for the 52-20 deficit the Golden Eagles found themselves in at the half.
The Master's were running on all cylinders offensively, shooting 36-of 66 from the field (55 percent) for the game. They connected on 16 of their 30 3-point attempts.
The Mustangs finished the game with five players who scored in double figures, led by Derrick Fain who scored 21 points.
Taylor Scharffenberg led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 11 points, followed by Carleton Coleman and Anthony Bursey who scored eight points. Bursey made all four field goals he attempted. Senior Josh Zonker had a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with four assists.
La Sierra falls to 1-8 on the season. They will look to turn things around when the play the second game of a double-header, on Saturday night, against William Jessup University. It will be the men's basketball team's first home game since November 4 when the Golden Eagles played the Afghan National team in an exhibition game. Saturday night's men's game is scheduled for approximately 8pm.