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College basketball: Overtime woes

College basketball: TMC drops second straight conference game

Posted: January 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College guard Mike Harmon elevates for a layup against Vanguard on Saturday at Bross Gym.

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The Vanguard College men’s basketball team erased a 10-point second-half deficit and took advantage of poor free-throw shooting from The Master’s College to defeat the Mustangs 80-76 in overtime.

The Mustangs (12-5, 4-2 Golden State Athletic Conference) shot just 8-of-21 from the free-throw line, including just 4-of-12 in the second half.

On the other side of the court, the Lions used the 3-point shot to cut the deficit.

Vanguard (11-6, 3-3) shot just 24.2 percent from three-point range, but took 33 attempts over the course of the game.

“They shot the three ball to stay in the game and we missed free throws to lose it,” said TMC head coach Chuck Martin.

In overtime, Vanguard scored 10 of their 14 points from the free-throw line, as they outscored the Mustangs 14-10 to close out the victory.

After the Mustangs’ Anthony Cammon tied the score at 73-73, TMC went 1:43 without a basket in overtime.

TMC’s Leif Karlberg hit a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds to play, but Vanguard’s Chris Pynch hit two foul shots to pull away.
Outside of the free throw line, the Mustangs looked like a team determined to win.

TMC outrebounded the Lions 49-38 and shot 44.1 percent for the game.

But in the end, it came down to their performance on the charity stripe.

“You never blame it on one thing, but we shot 44 percent. They shot 40 (percent). We out rebounded them. But at the end of the day, when you have lot of good offensive possessions and come up empty — I bet we came up empty on six or seven possessions when we got to the free throw line,” Martin said.

After leading 30-23 at halftime, TMC pulled ahead by as many as 10 points with 6:01 remaining in the game.

But that’s when the threes started to fall for Vanguard, and the free throws started to fall off the rim for the Mustangs.

“We knew guarding the three ball, we felt they would have a hard time beating us if we limited the three shot.

Early in the second quarter, Vanguard guard Christopher Raybon started to heat up, hitting three 3-point shots in a row on his way to a team high 24 points.

Cameron Nettles added 21 points for the Lions and Christopher Kupets scored 14 points.

The Mustangs’ Karlberg and Devin Dyer each scored 15 points to lead the team.

Chris Patureau chipped in 14 points and Paul Brown led with 11 rebounds, but shot just 2-of-10 from the free throw line.

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