"We were all depressed [when Cox was hurt] because we didn't know where we were going to get production from," Powell said. "I knew we had a bunch of good players. They were all taking subservient roles. We had such a talented team; I implored all of them to step up a little bit. I was excited to see which guys could do it."
Zargaryan was quick to show that he could lead.
In the first game after Cox's injury, Zargaryan poured in a season-high 21 points and had 10 rebounds. Two games later, he had 15 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, then followed those games with 12- and 16-point performances.
Dominguez Hills won all four of those games and Zargaryan was primed to lead for the rest of the season.
"I felt that was an opportunity for me to establish myself," Zargaryan said. "The coaches knew what I could do. Coach Ward knew what I was capable of. As a senior, I knew if I could shine at this point, even when Mike does come back, my role would still be there."
Zargaryan leads his team in scoring with 11.9 points per game and is second in assists at 1.8 per contest. He's shooting 50% from the field and 83% from the foul line while leading Dominguez Hills during a historic run.
Dominguez Hills is fourth in the National Assn. of Basketball Coaches poll, the highest ranking in the history of the program.
Zargaryan is a big reason for the Toros' recent success. He was selected as the Wilson/California Collegiate Athletic Assn. Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 17-23 after leading the Toros to a sweep against Sonoma State and a win against then-20th-ranked Humboldt State, which gave Dominguez Hills sole possession of first place in the conference. He had 16 points on four-of-seven shooting against Sonoma State and a game-high 19 points against Humboldt State.
His exploits and the Toros' success have earned Dominguez Hills the top seed in the first NCAA west region poll of the year.
By the end of the season, Dominguez Hills has its sights set on playing at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., on March 26 for the Division II championship.
"We're not ranked No. 4 in the nation on accident," Zargaryan said. "You have to be doing something positive. We only have one goal in mind. That's to win the championship."