Anthony Cammon poured in 18 second-half points and sparked a game-changing, second-half run to lead The Master’s College to an 80-68 beating of Grace of Indiana Tuesday evening in Bross Gym.
The win over the NAIA Division II’s seventh-ranked team moved the Mustangs to 10-2 and sent the club into the Christmas break on a strong note.
That good cheer wasn’t in evidence, however, through 20 minutes of play as the Mustangs trailed 35-30 at halftime. It didn’t get much better as the Lancers tallied the first two points of the second half and built a 41-32 lead with 17:31 left to play.
But, that was when Cammon and his teammates went to work, turning the game around in a 10-minute window. The senior guard poured in five straight points, fueling a huge run that wound up 29-8, propelling the Mustangs to a 61-49 advantage with 7:38 remaining in the game.
Cammon, who capped the burst on a jumper and tallied nine points during the skein, received plenty of help, too. Freshman Chris Patureau came off the bench to vault the Mustangs ahead for good on a layup with 12:51 showing on the clock while senior Anthony Wells hit a pair of big buckets.
Junior Devin Dyer, who kept the Mustangs in the game in the first half with 14 points, drained a three-pointer and freshman Mike Harmon’s jumper at the 9:11 mark gave the club their first double-digit lead (57-47) of the game.
The frantic Lancers, who played so well and under control during the opening half, sliced the deficit to 63-55 on an Elliot Smith three-pointer with 5:54 left to play but junior transfer Lance Reeves duplicated that at the other end and the Mustangs never led by less than nine points the rest of the way.
Fittingly, Cammon handed the Mustangs their largest lead of the game when his layup with just under two minutes left increased the margin to 16 points (76-60). Freshman Jon Hogan capped off his team’s 50-point, second-half outburst, burying a trifecta with 22 ticks left on the clock.
Over the final 20 minutes, the Mustangs converted 58% (19-33) of their shots while the Lancers shot at a respectable 48% clip.
It wasn’t that the Mustangs played horribly in the first half, rather it was their inability to control the Lancer duo of Greg Miller and Duke Johnson that found them trailing for much of the period. Johnson, a 6-11 center, couldn’t be stopped inside or out, going for 13 points, while Miller stuck a couple of threes and ended the first half with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Mustangs started fast, tallying the game’s first four points, but a 19-5 burst by the Lancers over a six-minute span, quieted the home crowd and hinted at a rout.
However, the Mustangs rallied nicely, using an 11-0 run to erase a nine-point deficit for a 26-24 lead with 5:37 remaining in the first half. Cammon capped the skein which Harmon triggered with a three-pointer less than two minutes earlier. In between, Dyer hit another three-ball and added a three-point play.
Dyer, who went 5-7 from the field and 3-3 from the line in the first half, sank a jumper at the 1:53 mark for a 30-28 lead. But, the Lancers behind two Johnson jumpers, one of those a three-pointer, and a Miller bucket, tallied the final seven points of the half en route to a 35-30 edge at the break.
Both clubs shot the ball well, with the Mustangs hitting at 52.5% while the Lancers finished the evening at 49%.
Cammon led all scorers with 23 points, going 7-13 from the field and 7-8 from the line. Dyer complemented him with 17 points and Paul Brown chipped in with 10 points while grabbing six rebounds.
Winners of four of their last five games, the Mustangs now get to enjoy a 10-day Christmas break before resuming play on December 30 at Academy of Art in San Francisco.