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TMC basketball wins at the buzzer

Posted: January 18, 2014 10:36 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2014 10:36 p.m.

The Master's College player Zach Stalin (34) charges toward the basket at TMC on Saturday.

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The ball didn’t go to the guy it was supposed to on the final play.

But the way Saturday night’s game was going for The Master’s College men’s basketball team, it made perfect sense that Korey Anderson would get the final shot.

Anderson drove the lane and sunk a go-ahead layup in the final seconds of TMC’s 77-76 double-overtime victory over nationally ranked Arizona Christian at Bross Court.

Anderson’s shot put him at a team-high 17 points to go with 11 rebounds as the Mustangs beat the NAIA seventh-ranked team in the nation.

It ended a wild game in which TMC (13-4 overall, 1-1 Golden State Athletic Conference) led by as many as 11 points early, but fell behind in the second half.

“We didn’t fold against the No. 7 team in the country when they got us down nine with about eight minutes to go,” said TMC head coach Chuck Martin.

TMC rallied back and tied the score 61-61 on a Dominique Lanier layup with nine seconds to go in regulation.

It was on to the first overtime, where both teams locked down on defense and each team scored just seven points to make it 68-68 after the first five-minute extra period.

“It was a great college basketball game where you’ve just got to withstand runs sometimes and weather them and keep doing what you’ve been doing,” Martin said.

In the second overtime, TMC trailed 76-75 when it took possession with 20 seconds left. It drew up a play that was supposed to involve Bernard Ireland passing the ball inside to Lanier for a backdoor cut.

Lanier wasn’t open, so the pass went to Anderson, who had space to dribble twice and put up a contested layup with less than two seconds remaining.

Arizona’s last-second heave was no good.

In addition to his game-winning assist, Ireland added 14 points, as did Lanier. Derrick Fain tacked on 10 points for the Mustangs, who lost their conference opener to No. 25 Hope International last week.

On Saturday, TMC played strong defense throughout the game, but particularly in the first half, leading to a 34-26 Mustangs lead at the break.

But a talented Arizona Christian team (14-3, 0-2) started hitting shots and began winning the rebounding battle.

By the 8:06 mark of the second half, the Firestorm led 57-48 and had TMC on the ropes.

“We went to our small lineup and we started making shots and we started getting fouls and so we sort of chipped away,” Martin said.

On Tuesday, TMC will play its third straight NAIA top 25 opponent when it goes on the road to face No. 10 Concordia in Irvine.

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