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College basketball: TMC’s second gear

Mustangs rally after first quarter to win

Posted: December 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College’s Devin Dyer (5) scoops up a shot against Grace College of Indiana on Tuesday at Bross Gymnasium. The Mustangs beat the NAIA Division II No. 7 Lancers 80-68.

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Down 10 points early in the second half to Grace College of Indiana, The Master’s College’s men’s basketball team was on the verge of falling too far behind the NAIA Division II No. 7-ranked Lancers.

Rather than wilt, though, the Mustangs rattled off 10 straight points to take the lead for good in an 80-68 victory on Tuesday night at Bross Gymnasium.

The game had been a back-and-forth affair for much of the first half, with the Mustangs (10-2) responding to an 11-point deficit to pull even at 28-28 with 3:20 left in the first quarter.

The Lancers (11-1), however, went on a 7-2 run to take a 35-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.

That run continued, as Grace came out hot in the second half and led 43-34 before the Mustangs battled back to take the lead. It was the eighth and final lead change of the game.

“We were on the verge of getting blown out,” said Master’s head coach Chuck Martin. “We were flat for close to 24 minutes.”

The hot shooting and stellar second-half defense continued as the Mustangs extended their run to 25-4 to take a commanding 59-49 lead with 7:55 remaining in the game.

“We were trying to attack and we couldn’t finish,” said Grace College head coach Jim Kessler. “(TMC) made some nice adjustments and they picked up the intensity level and we didn’t at a time that the game was being decided.”

Master’s shot 57.6 percent from the field and scored 16 points off turnovers in the second half.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs took care of the ball down the stretch, allowing just four points off turnovers to the Lancers in the second half, after giving up 10 in the first.

TMC also found an advantage inside, going down low to outscore the Lancers 34-18 in the paint.

“It’s our kids,” Martin said. “They responded so well. It’s a great win tonight. They had us down and to be able to defend that well in a stretch ... Our kids just did a good job.”

Devin Dyer came out hot in the first half, scoring 14 points to help keep TMC in the game early.

He finished with 17 points.

Anthony Cammon led the Mustangs with 23 points and Paul Brown added 10 points and tied for the team lead with Chris Patureau with six rebounds.

The Lancers were led by Greg Miller’s 20 points and 12 rebounds. Duke Johnson added 17 points and eight rebounds and Bruce Grimm Jr. scored 12 points.

The game was another in an already strong schedule for the Mustangs, who have now beaten two NAIA ranked teams in Grace College and Biola and lost to NCAA Division II Cal Poly Pomona, which was ranked No. 14 at the time, by just two points.

“I think we’re a top 25 team,” Martin said. “We have beaten two top 25 teams. The problem is it takes a while. You’ve got to earn your way in. You’re going to get every chance to beat ranked teams and tonight we got a chance.”

And on Tuesday night, the Mustangs capitalized.

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