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College basketball: Getting comfy

The Master’s College moves to 7-0 at home with win

Posted: December 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Master's College guard Devin Dyer rises for a layup over UC Santa Cruz defenders on Friday at Bross Gym.

On a night when both teams struggled to find the basket, The Master’s College did enough on offense to hold off UC Santa Cruz 67-56 at Bross Gym on Friday night.

“I think the big statistic is the turnovers,” said TMC head coach Chuck Martin. “We had five turnovers in the first half and no turnovers in the second half, which causes us to get 59 shots and they only get 47.”  
With under 10 minutes left in the first half the Banana Slugs (2-8) led 22-19 after a Tyler Ponce 3-point shot. But that was the last time they saw the lead.

On the next possession, TMC guard Leif Karlberg began his onslaught of four straight 3-pointers to fuel a 13-0 run to put TMC (9-3) up 32-25 by halftime.

“He really kept us in the game in the first half,” Martin said. “We didn’t collectively shoot the ball well. We didn’t play well on offense, but we didn’t play bad.”

Karlberg finished the game with 23 points on 6-of-15 from the 3-point line and 7-of-16 overall from the field.

“Coach just brought me to the side and said ‘Hey, just let the game come to you and look for good opportunities and be aggressive,” Karlberg said. “When I had an open look, I just went ahead and took it and they went in tonight.”
In the second half, UCSC got within four points, but another 9-0 TMC run that ended in a Jason Logan highlight dunk put the game out of reach.
“You have to give credit to (Karlberg), he is a good player,” said UCSC head coach Ron DuBois. “We didn’t close out hard enough to him and he got some real open looks and he got going early.”

The win moves TMC to 7-0 at home before the Christmas break.

“It’s a huge lift when we are playing at home,” Karlberg said. “We got good fans and good support from the community. This is not a place where you want to lose because we know how important it is to win at home because the ones on the road are hard enough.”

Logan helped Karlberg with 14 points on 6-of-9 from the field and a game-high seven rebounds.

Devin Dyer had a steady game leading the offense from the point guard position and finished with 11 points, four assists and four steals.

Austin Steadman led UCSC with 13 points.

“We just wanted to come out and give all the effort we could,” Karlberg said. “We knew they were a team that can shoot it in, but we knew with our talent that if we worked harder than them, we’d get the win.”

TMC is off for the next two weeks and return back to action on Dec. 29 against Bethesda at Bross Gym.



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