MICHIGAN CITY | Seniors are supposed to look good, carry themselves with authority and basically know it all around school.
If they play basketball for Munster coach Mike Hackett, they'd better be able to deliver in crunch time, too, if they hope to wear the uniform.
Joe Crisman had game-highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds in leading the No. 1-ranked Mustangs past South Bend Riley, 52-48, in Saturday's 4A Michigan City Regional semifinal.
Valparaiso eliminated Concord in the opener, 54-45.
"The senior leadership ... we've got five seniors who can be trusted," Crisman said of the big difference this undefeated season. "Coach told us before the game he trusted us and we've got to trust each other.
"Having that No. 1 next to our team name makes the target that much bigger. Everyone we play now is (basically) No. 2."
Munster (24-0) led 24-8 in what appeared to be an impending blowout, but the Wildcats (18-6) eventually got their second wind and tied the game at 36 with 4 minutes, 4 seconds left to play.
"Early on, we missed a lot of easy shots," Hackett said. "It seemed like both teams were feeling each other out. Like the first time we played 'em, they keep coming and keep coming.
"Mark Johnson's South Bend Riley teams ... the kids never quit. They have the heart of a champion."
Ricky Carbajal added 12 points and Christian Young had nine, including three 3s. As a team, Munster shot 44 percent (7 for 16) beyond the arc.
"In that last four minutes, kids stepped up and made some plays," Hackett said. "This is the third year in a row our seniors are here, so they know what's expected of them."
Crisman had 18 of his points in the second half and eight in the key fourth quarter. Carbajal scored half his points in the final period.
Terrance Grant's 14 points topped Riley. Karl Columbus had 11, all coming after halftime. Angelo Williams chipped in 10 to go with 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats had lost to Munster in the regular-season finale for both schools, 81-74.