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College basketball: Top-notch TMC

Mustangs remain in first place

Posted: January 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College guard Devin Dyer (5) drives to the basket during Saturday’s game at Bross Gym.

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Two of the four teams tied for first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings played a back-and-forth game through the first 36 minutes on Saturday night at Bross Gym.

But in the last four minutes, The Master’s College men’s basketball team took over, going on a six-point run to defeat Point Loma Nazarene 66-63 in a game that saw 12 lead changes.

The Mustangs trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, and 33-30 at halftime.

Tied 49-49 with 8:10 left, both offenses took to the perimeter.

The two teams combined to exchange six 3-pointers over a 3:42 span that saw three lead changes.

At the end of that run, TMC (14-5, 6-2) was facing a 61-58 deficit with just over four minutes remaining.

The Sea Lions wouldn’t score again until a meaningless layup at the buzzer.

“I thought they were the tougher team in the first half,” said TMC head coach Chuck Martin. “We were the tougher team in the second half.”

The Sea Lions (12-5, 5-3) came out strong and shot 52.6 percent from the field in the first half.

The Mustangs exceeded that in the second half, shooting 56.5 percent to push them toward the victory.

Paul Brown hit a layup to pull within one point and Leif Karlberg gave the Mustangs the lead with a layup of his own 1:30 later.

“This is a team where we don’t have one go-to player,” said TMC guard Devin Dyer said. “We all step up when its our time.”

And that’s exactly what they did on Saturday.

Dyer led the Mustangs with 15 points and was one of four players who finished with double-digit scoring. Anthony Cammon and Brown each scored 14 points and Karlberg added 12 points.

Brown also led with nine rebounds.

“These college games come down to your best players have to make plays,” Martin said.

And make plays they did.

Brown blocked a shot in the final minutes, Karlberg blocked a three-point attempt, stole the ball and hit a free throw to help ice the game, and Dyer and Cammon converted layups off the dribble all night.

For the Sea Lions, Greg Murray led with 16 points. Rhett Beal scored 14 and Wil Bush added 12.

The win keeps The Mustangs at the top of the conference standings and they will travel to Azusa Pacific on Tuesday.

“We’re in first place in the toughest conference in the country,” Martin said. “But it doesn’t mean anything right now.”
“It might be difficult,” he said. “But you try every night to play as hard as you can play.”

Against Point Loma, that’s exactly what the Mustangs did.

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