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College basketball: A frenzy at Bross Gym

TMC reverses epic comeback

Posted: February 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.

It was a game that wasn’t supposed to be close.

In the end, it couldn’t have been any closer.

Anthony Cammon knocked down three free throws with four seconds left to lead The Master’s College past NAIA Division I No. 5 Azusa Pacific Tuesday night 78-77 at Bross Gym.

With one minute remaining in the game, Azusa Pacific (25-4, 16-3) put together a frantic comeback attempt that saw them turn an 8-point deficit into a 77-75 lead.

Azusa Pacific’s Danny Nugent nailed back-to-back 3-point baskets to close the gap to 2-points.

After TMC’s Anthony Wells missed the front end of a one-and-one attempt, Azuza’s Mike Caffese secured his own rebound and found Caleb Burgess, who converted a four-point play after being fouled on his successful 3-point attempt. The lead was Azusa’s first since the 7:33 mark of the first half.

“They’re the No. 5 team in the country for a reason,” said Leif Karlberg, who led TMC (12-17, 5-14) with 25 points, four rebounds and four steals. “Every game in this league comes down to the wire. We knew they would fight back.”

And that’s when Cammon stepped up to the line.

With four seconds remaining, Cammon was fouled on a 3-point attempt from the corner.

Two to tie, three to win.

Cammon coolly sank all three free throws to put TMC ahead for good.

“When I struggle (with free throws) I usually miss the first,” Cammon said. “I knew once I made the first one that if they missed, we were going home with the win.”

Caffese did his best at the buzzer, putting up a layup that rolled off the front of the rim.

The game was tight for much of the evening, with TMC taking at 39-32 lead into halftime.

Despite the victory, TMC will be looking to turn a season of frustrations into a more successful year next season.

“Our goal is to be excellent in this league year in and year out. I think we’ve got that group (returning),” said TMC head coach Chuck Martin.

TMC will wrap up its season Saturday against Vanguard at Costa Mesa.


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