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TMC men can’t fight past Vanguard

Mustangs almost rally from 15 points down as Lions hang on for win

Posted: January 31, 2009 10:40 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The Master's College men's basketball team staged a late charge and had its chances to grab a victory after trailing most of the game Friday night, but the Mustangs came up short against Vanguard at home.

The Lions led by as many as 15 points in the second half, and hung on for a 60-59 win.

"Master's played great there at the end," said Vanguard head coach Fred Litzenberger. "Sometimes you're lucky, and tonight we caught the break."

The biggest break for Vanguard came when the officials ruled The Master's (13-8, 5-6) Matt Sowa was fouled but had a basket negated because it was ruled the foul occurred before Sowa was in the act of shooting with one second remaining in the game.

The home crowd was less than pleased before Sowa stepped to the stripe, and the fact that he missed the front end of a one-and-one didn't help ease their frustrations about the controversial call.

"We had our chances there at the end," said The Master's junior forward Dean Hadley. "We just needed one more stop."

The stop the Mustangs didn't get came with 20 seconds remaining. After scoring its first lead of the second half, the Mustangs couldn't keep Vanguard (5-14, 4-7) point guard Gregory Scott out of the paint.

The junior slashed to the bucket for a runner that gave the Lions the lead it held for the rest of the night.

"You have to give (The Master's) credit," Litzenberger said. "They stuck with it tonight and outplayed us in every phase of the game during the last five minutes. And really, that call could have gone either way."

The Mustangs were also victims of a call after Scott gave Vanguard the lead.

Guard Thomas Millar drove to the hoop, but he was called for a charge with 15 seconds on the clock.

However, Scott left the door open for the Mustangs when he missed the front end of a one-and-one before the controversial final play.

"We started defending in the second half, and we really played well there at the end," Hadley said. "I understand why the refs called those plays the way they did, but it's disappointing."

The Master's also stepped up its offensive game in the second half after trailing 34-21 at the break. Brandon Glenn led the way for the Mustangs with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jeremy Haggerty paced Vanguard with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

"It was a great game," Litzenberger said. "Both teams put a lot of effort into this game. We played great at the beginning, and they played great at the end. We're just glad the we got the win."


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