Schooled By Claremont

Claremont is better known for its academics but on Saturday evening the NCAA Division III Stags showed they could perform out of the classroom, too, as they built a 20-point halftime and then held off The Master’s College 71-65 to hand the Mustangs their first loss (6-1) of the 2011-12 season.

The host Stags built their large, first-half lead on the strength of 56% shooting from the field, including a 5-10 showing from behind the arc.  Meanwhile, the Mustangs managed just 35% accuracy and were just 2-9 from three-point range en route to a 41-21 halftime deficit.

They turned things around significantly in the second half but fell just short of a dramatic comeback.  Hitting 57% of their shots over the final 20 minutes, highlighted by a 7-12 display from long range, the Mustangs got back into the game but weren’t able to rally all the way back as the Stags (5-25, 20% in the second half) iced the win at the free throw line, going 18-21 in the second half.

Senior Anthony Cammon paced the Mustangs with 20 points while Leif Karlberg drained a season-high five three-pointers on the way to 17 points.

A positive response to their first loss of the season will be crucial for the Mustangs when they open GSAC play on Tuesday against No. 15 Biola.  Tip-off is slated for 7:30pm in Bross Gym.