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Off-Night, On-Night

Posted: January 27, 2008 2:12 a.m.
Updated: March 29, 2008 2:01 a.m.
It wasn't that long ago that if Ryan Zamroz had an off night, The Master's College basketball team might have been in trouble.

That's where Canyon graduate Jeremy Haggerty fits in.
He joined the Mustangs at the end of the fall semester and gives opposing teams another shooter to worry about, along with Zamroz and Eric Durso.
The pair of Haggerty and Durso combined for 48 points on Saturday offsetting a tough shooting night for Zamroz, leading to a 82-59 rout of San Diego Christian College at home.
Zamroz, despite an uncharacteristic 1-of-4 night from 3-point range, still finished in double digits with 12 points.
"I've said this all along - now we've got a chance to be really good," said TMC head coach Chuck Martin said about the addition of Haggerty.
The Mustangs (11-8, 5-4) led from wire-to-wire in the Golden State Athletic Conference game, but the Hawks hung around throughout the game until the 15:33 mark of the second half.
San Diego Christian (4-13, 1-8) called a timeout at that point after seeing a 38-30 halftime lead for the Mustangs change into a 50-35 margin.
Haggerty started off the half with a basket and Durso hit a pair of 3-pointers, the last of which pushed the advantage to 15.
Along with his game-high 28 points, the senior Durso also added 10 rebounds, his 10th double-double of the season.
As crucial as Durso and Haggerty were to the TMC win, they had help.
Just when the Hawks tried to get back into the game, cutting the deficit to 11 points, Martin changed his lineup.
He knew exactly who to go to, and that was Zamroz, Durso, Joey Fuca, Hart grad Josh Herman, and Thomas Millar.
So when San Diego Christian tried to creep back in, that Mustangs lineup put the game out of reach with an 11-2 run that gave them a 72-52 advantage.
Durso hit a 3-pointer and Herman followed that up with a pair of treys on the next two trips down the floor to cap off the decisive run.
"We weren't great tonight, except for that second half, 10-minute segment," Martin said. "That's the lineup I go to when we're struggling a little bit. They play well together. They're not very big but they can run the motion."
In the first half, Haggerty and Durso combined for 30 points, with the junior Haggerty leading the way with 16.
The 6-foot-6 Haggerty scored eight of the team's 10 points over a stretch of the first half, the final part of that stretch causing San Diego Christian to call a time out with 4:45 left in the first half for a 32-25 advantage.
His jumper with the shot clock winding down gave TMC a 38-30 halftime margin, which at the time matched its biggest lead of the game.
"The great thing about Jeremy is he's a a scorer," Martin said. "He's not a good defender yet, but he's a scorer."
Notes: Before the start of Saturday's game, Zamroz was honored for reaching 1,000 career points in a TMC uniform. He achieved the feat Jan. 17 at Cal Baptist. ... For San Diego Christian, Bayo Arigbon led the team with 24 points and Chris Neal was the only other Hawks scorer in double digits with 10 points.


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