Game Recap: Mustangs Drop 3rd Straight, Lose 86-77 To Blue Colts

Game Recap: Mustangs Drop 3rd Straight, Lose 86-77 To Blue Colts

EDISON, NJ - Execution, especially at the free throw line, haunted the men's basketball team in an 86-77 loss to the Blue Colts of Middlesex County College on Thursday. After rattling off five straight wins, this defeat marked the Mustangs' third consecutive loss.

"We keep showing signs of being a good team, but haven't been able to put it together for a full game," said Head Men's Basketball coach Denny Surovec. "We just need to execute better."

The Mustangs actually led 25-18 early in the game, but suddenly found themselves in a funk as the Blue Colts finished the half on a 26-6 run to lead 44-31 at halftime. Middlesex built upon that early in the second half and led by as many as 22 points.

Thanks in part to sophomore forward Ryan Casper, Montgomery stormed back and cut the lead to 66-61 with 8:42 remaining in regulation. Casper chipped in 6 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists in the second half alone.

Unfortunately, that's as close as the Mustangs could get before falling in the end by nine points.

For a second straight game, the Mustangs struggled with their field-goal shooting, converting 27-of-70 (38.6%) and made good on just over half of their 24 free throw opportunities. Montgomery connected on 10 of its 25 shots from beyond the arc. The Mustangs were held the overall edge around the boards, collecting 41 rebounds to the Blue Colts' 37.

Middlesex's field-goal shooting was just under 55 percent and the game seemed to be won at the foul line where the Blue Colts were an impressive 70 percent, drilling 21 of its 30 free throws.

"Our foul shooting hurt us again tonight," Surovec said.

Shane Isett led the Mustangs with 13 points. Tyreek Magruder and Matt Krewson added 12 apiece, while Kevin Woods added 11. Casper finished with 9 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists.

"Ryan Casper was an absolute warrior tonight," said Surovec said. "The guys are continuing to battle, though."

The Mustangs Men's team is back in action on Saturday when they travel to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.