Mustangs Post First 2-0 Start Since 2005-06 Season, Hold Off UMass-Boston, 72-70
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's basketball sophomore James Milton (Detroit, Mich./Parkville) totaled 18 points and 14 rebounds while hitting three free throws in the final 16 seconds to lead the Mustangs to a 72-70 victory over UMass-Boston Sunday at Owings Mills Gymnasium in the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic.
The last time Stevenson (2-0) posted back-to-back wins to start a season was in 2005 when the team went 3-0 en route to winning the inaugural Pride of Maryland Championship.
The Mustangs led 68-67 with 16 seconds remaining in the second half when Milton hit two free throws to put them in front by three. After a missed three-pointer by Vinny Delucia to try and tie the game, Milton was fouled and hit one of two attempts to put Stevenson ahead by four with seven seconds to play.
The free throw was key as Josh Mojica hit a 23-foot three-pointer with three seconds left to pull the Beacons within one.
Junior Alphonzo Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City) then hit the first of two free throws with two seconds remaining to provide the final margin of victory.
Milton averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games in the Hoopsville Classic, leading the tournament in rebound average. Senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 18.0 points, 14 of which came on Sunday.
Hawkins finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. The trio of Milton, Burrier and Hawkins combined for 49 points and 25 rebounds while junior Stefon McCray (Milton, Fla./Archbishop Curley) had nine points and seven rebounds.
Carl Joseph led UMass-Boston (1-1) with 16 points and six rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament Team. DeLucia had 14 points while Mojica had seven points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Stevenson will be idle for the next six days before returning to action next Saturday, November 24 against NYU-Poly. Tip-off is at 4:00 p.m. The Mustangs defeated the Blue Jays on the road a year ago, 81-71 on Nov. 26, 2011.