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TMC men's basketball: Momentum stopped

The Master’s College comes back to force overtime, but falls apart late

Posted: February 13, 2010 10:27 p.m.
Updated: February 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The Master's College's Roy Walker goes up for a layup against Westmont College's Evan Haines (34) at Bross Gym on Saturday.

 
The Master's College men's basketball team struggled with Westmont College's post play for 38 minutes on Saturday night.

But for the final two minutes of regulation, the Mustangs found the seam they needed to cut into a deficit, nearly two halves in the making.

However, after six unanswered TMC points forced overtime, the Warriors regained their low-post dominance and held off the Mustangs 78-73 at Bross Gym, moving into a tie for fifth place with their host in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings.

It was TMC's second loss to Westmont this season, giving the Warriors the head-to-head tiebreaker when the postseason comes around.

"This is a very tough place to play," said Westmont head coach John Moore. "I thought we might lose it there for a while, but our poise in overtime was really special."

The Mustangs (16-9, 9-6) were outscored 16-11 in the extra period and missed 5-of-7 free throws.

TMC's Dean Hadley led the team with 20 points, seven of which came after regulation.

Hadley was kept quiet in the first half, but that was teammate Joey Fuca's time to shine, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the opening 20 minutes.

The Warriors (17-7, 9-6) countered with forward Dan Rasp, who finished with 20 points, four rebounds and two blocks.

Rasp was joined by Blake Bender, in turning back drives by Fuca, Hadley and Roy Walker to build a 35-27 lead at the half.

The second half saw more of the same until the final two minutes, when Fuca rattled off two straight running layups in the lane to cap off his team's late charge.

The score was 62-62 heading into the defining final five minutes.

Westmont's Andrew Schmalbach sealed the game at the free-throw line, hitting 7-of-8 to add to his 11 total points.

Mustang Thomas Millar finished with 13 points and teammate Everett Bryson added 11 points and five rebounds off the bench, most of which came in the second half.

Bender finished with 14 points for the Warriors.


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