A trip to the City By The Bay is a great way to spend the holidays but The Master’s College found no delight Thursday evening in a 91-82 loss to Academy of Art in San Francisco.
The loss to the Urban Knights snapped a two-game winning streak and the Mustangs fell to 10-3.
Showing no ill effects from a 10-day layoff and a six-hour van ride the day before, the Mustangs stayed right with the hosts in a closely-contested first half. They led only once but trailed by no more than six points.
That six-point deficit (12-6), coming with 13:58 left in the first half, completely evaporated just over two minutes later (11:27) when Anthony Wells’ three-pointer capped a 10-4 run that knotted the game at 16.
Another Mustang spurt, this one 5-0, gave the Mustangs their only lead of the game. Down 30-26, the visitors used a Devin Dyer layup and a Leif Karlberg three-pointer to vault in front 31-30.
But, the Knights regained the lead on their next possession on a pair of William Overton charity tosses and never trailed again. The Mustangs tied the game one more time when Paul Brown’s free throw with 1:51 remaining deadlocked the game at 34.
Once again, though, the Knights responded on their next trip down the court as an Ameer Shamsud-din hoop put the hosts in front to stay. The bucket keyed a 5-0 spurt that was enough to send the Knights into halftime up 39-36.
Anthony Cammon and Wells tallied eight points apiece in a first half in which the club went 11-24 from the field.
Following free throws by Dyer and Brown in the first minute of the second half, the Mustangs trailed 41- 38 but another Knight 5-0 skein extended the advantage to 46-38. However, the Mustangs didn’t fall apart as they tallied six consecutive points on three-pointers by Karlberg and Chris Patureau to close to 46-44.
Again, though, the Knights answered and this time it was decisive. A jumper from Shamsud-din ignited a 10-0 run that turned a three-point game (49-46) into a 13-point cushion for the hosts. A pair of Cammon free throws stopped the skein but it was only temporary as the Knights went on a 10-1 binge to take total command, 71-53.
It was the Knights’ largest lead of the game and the Mustangs would get no closer than seven points (83-76 and 89-82) the rest of the way. Three-point plays by Karlberg and Cammon produced those two margins but it way too late.
In defeat, Cammon was superb. The senior guard, who has averaged 24.7ppg over his last three contests, poured in a season-high 27 points, going 8-16 from the field and 10-11 from the stripe. Karlberg contributed 17 more and Brown recorded his third double-double of the year with 10 points and a like number of rebounds.
Following the New Year’s weekend, the Mustangs will resume play in the GSAC next Tuesday when they entertain Fresno Pacific in a 7:30pm start in Bross Gym.