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The Master’s College men knocks off second straight ranked opponent

Posted: December 12, 2008 10:27 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2008 4:55 a.m.

The Master's College's Dean Hadley goes in for a layup as Azusa Pacific's Dave Burgess defends Friday night in the second half at Bross Gym. Hadley scored 20 points in the game.

 
The roar of the crowd said it all.

The Master’s College men’s basketball team is making a comeback.

TMC came from behind late in the second half and defeated Azusa Pacific 79-69 at Bross Gym on Friday night.

Ranked No. 11 in the NAIA, Azusa Pacific was clearly the favorite against unranked TMC.

Mustangs head coach Chuck Martin said his team turned out its best defensive performance yet.

It’s been on defense where TMC has had its shortcomings.

“It’s satisfying because we put up a good defensive performance and we played well when it came down to the line,” Martin said.

The Mustangs were led by guard Dean Hadley, who finished the contest with 20 points and four rebounds.

Two of Hadley’s 3-point shots down the stretch kept the Cougars out of reach.

However, the Cougars had their biggest lead in the second half going up 67-60.

After Martin called a timeout to settle his team in, the Mustangs came out on fire.

TMC forced two turnovers, capitalizing on both, and cut the deficit to two.

After the Cougars missed free throws at the other end, the Mustangs got the ball back and tied the game at 67.

A Jeremy Haggerty 3-point shot put TMC in the lead 70-67.

“We were extremely confident in our ability to come in here and play with them,” Haggerty said. “We expected to come in here and win this game. We did what we needed to do and it translated into a 10-point win.”

It was an all Mustangs show from then on.

The Cougars would score its final two points at the free throw line.

After forcing another turnover with 1:09 left on the clock, TMC got the ball back sending Haggerty to the line.

Both shots dropped and TMC led 77-69.

The Cougars threw up numerous 3-point shots in the waning seconds of the game only to come up short.

The Mustangs came to the free throw line once more to close out the game.

“This is the level we want to play at every night,” Martin said. “It’s a great win. We’re not going to reach our potential unless we give great effort and execute defensively. We’ll keep plugging away. We played well when it came down to the line.”

It was the second straight upset win for the Mustangs as they defeated NCAA Division II No. 22 Cal State Dominguez Hills 75-74 Tuesday.

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