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Another strong victory

TMC men beat second straight NCAA D-II team

Posted: December 15, 2008 10:27 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2008 4:55 a.m.

The Master's College Men's' basketball is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in 3-point field goal percentage.

On Monday night, the team proved why.

The Mustangs shot four 3-point shots in the second half that helped catapult the team to a 72-63 win over NCAA Division II Cal Poly Pomona at Boss Gym.

Junior guard Dean Hadley was responsible for three of those four 3-pointers in the second half that led the Mustangs on a 16-0 run.

"That was all my coach was telling me - to get involved and assert myself," Hadley said.

Hadley would finish the contest leading all scorers with 21 points. The 6-foot-6-inch swingman also added three rebounds and a block.

TMC (9-3) shot 56 percent from the 3-point line in the second half.

The teams were tied 33-33 at halftime before The Master's pulled away.

After Hadley's 3-point shot tied the game up at 38 and started the run.

Cal Poly (3-2) struggled to get shots off even missing layups and a dunk in the paint.

The Mustangs' suffocating defense held Cal Poly Pomona to just 30 percent shooting from the field in the second half.

"We've been working on just getting stops," Hadley said. "Everyone in the conference knows that we can score and one thing that we have to work on is just getting stops. At the end of the day, that wins games."
Cal Poly never got closer than seven points in the second half.

"We're starting to guard," said TMC head coach Chuck Martin. "Structurally, effort-wise, toughness-wise, we're starting to guard. To be considered good defensively you've got to finish possessions. It's not real complicated."

TMC's largest lead in the first half was by six points with 2:48 left.

Larry Gordan's 20 points and 14 rebounds led the Broncos.

Drew Menez and Jeremy Haggerty added 12 points each for the Mustangs.

TMC has won three straight games, two against Division II squads. The other victory came against NAIA No. 11 Azusa Pacific.

"We're just trying to get from game to game and bring a lot of effort," Martin said. "We've drawn the line collectively and we have to be able take care of the things that we can take care of."


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