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Rocky KO’s Mustangs

Posted: January 20, 2009 10:38 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Biola’s Rocky Hampton scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Eagles past The Master’s College 65-54 Tuesday evening in Bross Gym.  The loss was the Mustangs’ third in four games and dropped them to 4-4 in the GSAC and 12-6 overall.

Hampton pounded the Mustangs from the beginning, scoring 10 of his team’s first 12 points.  But, the Mustangs withstood the early flurry and used a 7-0 burst to take a 16-10 lead on a Joey Fuca three-pointer with 12:24 left in the first half.

Struggling from the field, the Mustangs shot just 38.5 percent in the first half while the Eagles fired away at 50 percent.  The Eagles strong-armed the Mustangs in the paint, 24-8.

There were glimpses of hope for the Mustangs in the second half, but the Eagles doused those at every turn.  When Matt Sowa’s layup 17 seconds out of intermission cut further into the deficit, the Eagles responded with a 9-2 spurt that Danny Campbell punctuated with a three-pointer for a 43-30 advantage.

A Fuca layup with 14:09 left to play pared the Biola lead to 45-37, but another Eagle trifecta, this one by Josh Salo, triggered a 7-2 skein for a 52-39 margin at the 8:41 mark.  The Mustangs chopped the gap under 10 points one more time (52-43) when Haggerty tallied on a layup with 6:32 remaining but the Eagles put the game away, stretching the lead to as many as 16 points (64-48).

Jeremy Haggerty seemed to be the whole TMC offense at times, tallying a team-high 21 points for the Mustangs.  The Eagles did an effective job against TMC’s Ryan Zamroz, limiting the All-American to just 12 points on 5-14 shooting.

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