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College basketball: Concordia cools off TMC

Conference first-place Mustangs falter in closing minutes to NAIA's No. 4 team

Posted: January 10, 2012 10:22 p.m.
Updated: January 10, 2012 10:22 p.m.
 

 


It was the matchup The Master’s College men’s basketball had been waiting for.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, another ranked team got the better of them.

Defending Golden State Athletic Conference champion Concordia, ranked No. 4 in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics coaches poll, defeated TMC 91-80 on Tuesday in Irvine.

With the kind of basketball The Master’s College had been playing lately, the timing seemed right for an upset. The Mustangs came into the day with an outright lead in the GSAC and a No. 15 ranking in the latest NAIA coaches poll.

This time around, Concordia got the better of the Mustangs, using balanced scoring and pulling away at the end.

TMC (13-4, 4-1) tied the score at 76-76 with 4:43 to play, but the Eagles (14-2, 4-1) made enough free throws in the final minutes while the Mustangs managed to make just one bucket in the closing minutes.

Anthony Cammon scored a game-high 23 points for TMC and Devin Dyer finished with 18.

For the Eagles, Austin Simon and Tommy Granado co-led with 16 points, and they were two of six Concordia players to score in double figures.

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