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Millar’s layup with 1.6 seconds remaining lifts The Master’s College

Posted: February 8, 2009 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
On a night when the chant of "Defense!" echoed through Bross gym during every San Diego Christian possession, it was fitting that a pair of steals helped key a 60-58 for The Master's College mens basketball team.

But aggressiveness on offense helped, too. Thomas Millar hit the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left when the Mustangs pushed the ball up the court after a made 3-pointer.

"We've had a few close games like tonight's," said Mustangs forward Daniel Wrage. "It seems like we usually have been coming up short so it's nice to pull this one out."

A win for the Mustangs (14-9, 6-7) looked in doubt as The Master's started out with only 19 points on 27.6 percent shooting. However, the Hawks (7-14, 2-10) also struggled on the offensive end, while building a seven point lead at the break.

"I felt like we did pretty well on defense," said SDCC senior guard Kevin Dillon. "We just weren't able to knock down enough shots."

The Hawks were hitting their shots to open the second half, jumping out to a 37-23 lead when TMC head coach Chuck Martin called a timeout.

The Mustangs responded in a major way, running off a 22-2 spurt to claim a six point cushion at the midway point of the second half.

"We just started playing tougher defense," Wrage said. "Earlier in the game we were letting them drive too much. We knew we had to clamp down and start getting better shots too."

San Diego Christian hung with the Mustang's through the last ten minutes, and snagged a 54-52 lead with 2:22.

The Master's answered to tie the game at 55 on a Ryan Zamroz free throw.

A wild sequence ensued where The Master's Joey Fuca emerged from a scramble with the ball for a break away lay up to give the Mustangs the lead.

After Danny Soliman missed the front end of a one-and-one for SDCC, the Mustangs had a chance to stretch the lead to two possessions, but Zamroz only hit one of two free throws, and the Hawks evened the score on a Dominic Anxo 3 from the corner.

"I didn't know what was going to happen at the end," Wrage said. "That was a wild sequence."

Millar hit the layup after the 3-pointer, and the Hawks couldn't get a decent shot off as TMC sealed the victory.
"All those turnovers really hurt us," Dillon said of the 16 Hawk miscues. "They made the shots they needed to get the win."

Zamroz hit the most shots for the Mustangs, scoring 16, while Craig Jackson led SDCC with 20.


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