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Argos Upset No. 1 Team in Nation, Cal State San Marcos

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – First-year University of Great Falls men's basketball coach Anthony Owens stopped short of calling it “the biggest win in school history.”

After all he's only been on the job for six months.

But Saturday's 74-71 victory over No. 1 Cal State San Marcos here at Chandler-Gilbert Community College is certainly the biggest win in his burgeoning tenure as head coach of the Argonauts.

“I don't know about school history, but I know this is my first win against a Top 25 team,” Owns said. “It feels pretty good to me.”

The Argos (9-3) led by six at the break and as many as nine in the second half. CSUSM cut the lead to one in the final minute, but Darren Lockett made two free throws with six seconds to play. Blake Nash's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer did not fall.

“You beat No. 1 – that's a big deal,” said UGF guard TJ Harris, who led the Argos with 17 points. “We wanted (it more). We wanted to win.”

The victory capped a 2-1 showing for the Argos at the Chandler-Gilbert Classic. UGF fell to defending NAIA Division I national champion Vanguard on Thursday before topping MacEwan on Friday.

The loss to Vanguard may have contributed the victory over CSUSM, Owens said.

“Cal State San Marcos is very similar to Vanguard minus the defensive pressure,” Owens said. “We had to make an adjustment. Our guys believed in the zone that we were playing, and it was one of the keys to keeping Blake Nash under control. Our guys followed the game plan like they were supposed to, and they ended up victorious.”

Nash, a transfer from NCAA Division I South Florida, scored only five points. The Argos also held CSUSM to 32 percent from the field – including 27 percent from the 3-point line.

“We wanted to find their shooters because they love to shoot, and get rebounds because they've got big guys in there,” Harris said.

The Argos received contributions up and down the lineup. Harris was the only player in double figures, but Marcus Hurn added nine, while Maleek Singleton, Sigman Farmer and Daniel Arcau all scored eight. Farmer also collected a game-high 10 rebounds.

“Those kinds of contributions are what we've been trying to get all year,” Owens said. “There are times when guys on the bench (struggle), but at the end of the day all those guys can play. As long as they come prepared every single day I think we'll be fine.”

The Argos overcame two early fouls by Harris that forced the senior guard to the bench for most of the first half.

“Our bench came in and played hard today,” Harris said. “They gave us a boost, and we picked it up on defense and came together.”

Harris connected for a trio of 3-pointers and was 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

The Argos now break for Christmas. They return for a pair of games against King's University on Jan. 1-2 at the McLaughlin Center.

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