OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's basketball junior Stefon McCray (Milton, Fla./Archbishop Curley) scored a career-high 26 points, including 18 in the second half as the Mustangs rallied from a 14-point deficit, but two free throws by Travis Sultus with nine seconds left gave Arcadia a 71-68 victory Saturday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
Stevenson (3-2, 0-2 MAC) outscored the Knights 44-35 in the second half and held a 38-27 advantage in rebounds.
After trailing by as many as 14 points, 36-22 with 15 seconds remaining in the first half, the Mustangs posted a 20-8 run to pull withing two at 44-42 with 14:53 left in the second. During the run, Stevenson went 14-of-15 from the free throw line. The team finished the game 18-for-22.
The Mustangs would take their first lead of the game at 60-58 on a three-pointer by senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) with 5:55 to play in the second half. They would increase their lead to three on a free throw by McCray at 4:58 before Arcadia tied the game at 64-64 on a jumper by Joseph Brown with 2:58 remaining.
There would be three lead changes over the next 2:18 with the Knights holding a 69-68 lead with just 40 seconds to play.
Following back-to-back 30-second timeouts, Stevenson appeared to have taken the lead on a lay-up by Burrier with 11 seconds left, but Burrier was whistled for a charge, wiping out the basket and giving Arcadia the ball.
Sultus then hit two free throws with nine seconds remaining before McCray's three-pointer to force overtime was just off the mark with one second to play.
Saturday marked the second time in McCray's career that he scored at least 20 points. He scored 20 points off the bench in a 59-56 loss to St. Mary's (Md.) at home on Jan. 21, 2012. He also finished with seven rebounds and was 8-of-11 from the free throw line.
Burrier scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half and was 3-for-5 from three-point range. As a team, Stevenson made at least one three-pointer for the 157th consecutive game. The last time the Mustangs did not make a three-pointer was at NYU Poly on Feb. 8, 2007 when they went 0-for-10.
Junior Alfonzo Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City) added 10 points, four assists and five steals, but also had five turnovers.
Saltus led the Knights (3-2, 1-1 MAC) with 17 points and was 0-for-3 from the free throw line until he hit the final two to preserve the victory for Arcadia.
Brown and Khalief Trawick both had 12 points for the Knights while Aaron Lee-Webb had nine points, four rebounds and five assists.
After opening the season with five-straight home games, Stevenson will hit the road for the first time this season when the team travels to Alvernia on Wednesday for a 6:00 p.m., tip-off in Reading, Pennsylvania.