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LOWELL — Call it advice. Call it a reminder. Call it what you want.

Just don’t call it subtle.

Munster boys basketball coach Mike Hackett was blunt in his team’s huddle during a timeout with 6:22 to play in The Pit against Lowell. The Red Devils were hot, hitting back-to-back 3s to turn what was once a 19-point lead into a six-point advantage, and the pressure was mounting.

Defense, Hackett said, was what pushed Munster out in front. If the Mustangs continued to relax, they weren’t going to hold onto the edge for long.

“He wasn’t subtle at all,” Munster junior Jevon Morris said with a laugh. “He was yelling because he knows what we’re capable of doing at the defensive end.”

Hackett's message registered. The Times No. 2 Mustangs came out of the timeout on a tear, rebuilding a double-digit lead behind stout defense that turned into offense as they ran off to a 60-47 Northwest Crossroads Conference victory on the road.

“I got a little nervous there when they cut it down to six,” Hackett said. “We called timeout, and from that timeout on we built the lead. That’s what we want to do at this point in the season is kind of stop the bleeding and get back to doing the things we were doing. I was proud of the team to be able to do that because they score another bucket or two and it was going to get too interesting.”