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College men's basketball: Ugly, but over

The Master’s College snaps a seven-game losing skid

Posted: January 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College’s Anthony Cammon (14) rises for a layup as San Diego Christian’s Tim Sanders defends on Thursday at Bross Gym. Cammon scored eight points.

The Master's College men's basketball team wasn't shooting well.

But rather than get down on itself and let frustration take over, TMC moved its defense and rebounding up a notch.

The result was a 52-44 victory over San Diego Christian Thursday night at Bross Gym, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

"It almost felt like there was a mental hump and a barrier that we couldn't get over," said TMC guard Leif Karlberg, who finished with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. "It was nice to finally be able to finish out and win one."

Both teams shot poorly in the game, missing easy layups and wide open jumpers on both ends.

It was the Hawks that took advantage early, though, going ahead 7-4 in the opening minutes.

The Mustangs came out of a timeout and answered back with 10-0 run to take a 14-7 lead just inside the 11:00 mark.

Despite shooting an ice-cold 23 percent in the first half, TMC (9-13, 2-10) went into halftime up 22-20.

"It's been one of our weaknesses," said Mustangs head coach Chuck Martin of the cold shooting. "We spend a lot of time driving the ball and shooting three's. We're little so that's sometimes what we do."

But TMC didn't let its size disadvantage cost it down the stretch.

In fact, key rebounds down the stretch were precisely what helped that Mustangs win the game.

With 3:35 left in the game, San Diego (7-14, 1-10) trailed 47-42, but TMC played conservative offense and ran the shot clock down on each of its possessions.

"That's the thing we haven't been able to do," Karlberg said. "We get the stop, we just haven't been able to get that rebound to follow."

This time, TMC did.

Though it held a slight 34-32 rebounding advantage, TMC was able to milk the clock with multiple offensive rebounds on some of its possessions in the closing minutes.

"There were opportunities to come back in this game, and we just blew it off," said Hawks guard Benji Arvizu.

Devin Dyer's 12 points led the Mustangs, who improved to 31 percent shooting for the game.

On the other hand, the Hawks shot just 35 percent against a fierce and aggressive man-to-man defense.

TMC players anticipated passes, blocked shots and contested just about every San Diego shot throughout the night.

"We did defend tonight," Martin said. "I thought we did a great job in the first half especially. It was probably our best performance of the season in terms of defending and following the scouting report on their players."

Joey Fuca also chipped in 11 points for TMC, while Paul Wolf led San Diego with 12 points.

"They don't play like a 9-13 team," Martin said of the Mustangs. "They play like a team with a chance to win every night."



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