Mustangs Take First Place Lycoming to the Wire, Fall in Overtime 104-100
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson men's basketball team came back from 18 points down with 6:01 remaining in regulation, however, Lycoming's Jerald Williams hit six free throws to close out the game as the Mustangs fall 104-100 in overtime Saturday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
Lycoming (12-3, 6-2 MAC) hold a half-game lead over Alvernia and a one-game lead over Albright and Arcadia in the Commonwealth Conference standings. Also, the Warriors are receiving votes in this week's D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, effectively ranked No. 42.
Stevenson (8-6, 2-6 MAC) scored 100 or more points for the sixth time in the 19-year history of the program. It also marked the first-time the Mustangs scored more than 100 and lost. The combined 204 points is tied for fourth all-time in school history.
The Warriors essentially led the entire game in regulation staving off two Mustangs runs of 7-2 in the first half and 29-12 to close out the second half as senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) sank a three-pointer with 21 seconds remaining to force overtime. Burrier finished with 18 points and six rebounds.
Stevenson would earn its first lead of the game 13 seconds into overtime as junior Stefon McCray (Milton, Fla./Archbishop Curley) hit the front end of a two shot foul to go ahead 90-89. McCray totaled 14 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Lycoming would respond with a 13-5 run for their largest lead of overtime at 102-95 with 18 seconds remaining.
Freshman Christian Roberts (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) scored the Mustangs final five points, finishing with a career-high 31 to go along with three steals and two rebounds.
Leading the way for Lycoming was Anthony Martin with 26 points, five rebounds and five blocks while Kevin Anthony posted a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Williams had a game-high 12 assists to go along with 12 points and seven rebounds.
The game proved to be very physical with a combined 66 fouls and 90 trips to the charity stripe which is 15 away from the NCAA Division III Men's record of 105 between Earlham (71) and Oberlin (34) on Dec. 5, 1992.
The Warriors were 41-of-56 from the foul line which is fourth all-time in MAC history for free throws made and third all-time in free throws attempted. Alvernia owns the all-time conference record going 49-of-66 in an 89-82 home win versus Lycoming on Feb. 12, 2011.
Stevenson hosts Elizabethtown on Wednesday to close out the first half of the Commonwealth Conference slate. Game time is at 8:00 p.m.