OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson men's basketball team had five players score in double figures, including three who set new season-highs, but a three-point attempt at the end of regulation was just off the mark and first place Albright escaped with an 84-81 Commonwealth Conference victory Saturday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
The Mustangs (4-4, 1-4 MAC) suffered their third-straight loss at home after starting the season with three consecutive wins.
Meanwhile, the Lions (8-1, 4-1 MAC) won their third-straight to move into a tie for first place in the Commonwealth Conference standings with Lycoming.
Dave Singleton led Albright with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He was scored 12 of his game-high points from the free throw line where he was 12-for-16.
The Lions led by as many as nine in the first half before taking a 37-33 lead at haltime. After a lay-up by Singleton to start the second half gave Albright a six-point advantage, Stevenson would answer with a 7-0 run to take a 40-39 lead with 17:24 remaining.
From there, neither team would lead by more than five points as there were 10 ties and 10 lead changes in the second half.
Trailing by four with 27 seconds to play, senior Tyson Jacobs (Baltimore, Md./Owings Mills) hit a three-pointer in transition to pull the Mustangs within one, 82-81 with 22 seconds left.
Despite the Lions hitting just two of four free throw attempts in the final 16 seconds, Stevenson could not capitalize, missing two free throws and a three-pointer over the final 4.4 seconds to suffer its fourth conference loss in five games this season.
The Mustangs finished the game 17-for-29 from the free throw line, including 14-for-23 in the second half. It marked the fourth time that the team has shot below 60 percent from the free throw line this season.
However, Stevenson committed just nine turnovers while forcing 20 which led to 21 points. The Mustangs are 3-1 this season when forcing 20 or more turnovers. They have also totaled just 31 turnovers in their last three games after committing 90 over the first five.
Junior Alfonzo Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City) scored a season-high 18 points while adding five assists, four turnovers and three steals. Freshman Christian Roberts (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) had a season-high 17 points, including 12 on four three-pointers, while Jacobs had a season-high 11 points, 10 of which came in the second half.
Albright's Pedro Perez added 18 points, three rebounds and three assists and was 3-for-5 from three-point range.
Stevenson returns to action in less than 48 hours when it travels to Marywood for a non-conference contest on Monday beginning at 4:00 p.m.