GRANTHAM, Pa. - Despite 24 points from Stevenson men's basketball senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and 23 points from freshman Christian Roberts (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch), the Mustangs could not overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and fall to Messiah 83-72 Wednesday night at Brubaker Auditorium.
The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for Stevenson (8-5, 2-5 MAC), tied for the fourth-longest in school history.
The Falcons (8-5, 4-3 MAC) spotted the Mustangs the first two points before opening on a 16-5 run and leading by as many as 14 on 8-of-14 shooting from behind the arc in the first half.
Messiah would extend its lead to 20 within the first seven minutes of the second half. The Mustangs would respond with an 18-8 run over 5:18 to pull back within the halftime deficit at 64-54.
The Mustangs and Falcons played an even second half with Messiah managing one more point than Stevenson, 46-45, but were able to pull away going 21-for-25 from the free throw line. The 30 total free throw attempts for the Falcons is a season-high.
Messiah was paced by Brad Bolen with 26 points and Taylor Groff with 12 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season while Bolen was two points shy of his season-high set at Lebanon Valley on November 28.
Stevenson returns home on Saturday for a Commonwealth Conference contest against Lycoming. Game time is at 4:00 p.m.