Burrier Scores 25, Mustangs Post 76-68 Commonwealth Victory Over Elizabethtown
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's basketball senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the first half as the Mustangs built a seven-point halftime lead en route to a 76-68 Commonwealth Conference victory over Elizabethtown Wednesday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
The Mustangs (9-6, 3-6 MAC) snapped a two-game conference losing streak while raising their win total to nine, the fourth-highest total in school history, tying the mark set by the 2003-04 team that went 9-16.
Stevenson also won its third game out of the last four at home while improving its record to 6-4 at Owings Mills Gymnasium this season. The team's six home wins are the most since the 2006-07 season when it went 11-0 at Student Union Gymnasium.
For Burrier, it was his third 20-point game this season and second in the last three. He has now at least 20 points 15 times in his career. He now has 942 career points, including 895 in three seasons at Stevenson.
Elizabethtown (4-10, 2-7 MAC) jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the game's first 1:39 before the Mustangs used a 17-4 run over the next 6:50 to take their largest lead of the night at 11, 19-8 with 11:31 remaining in the first half. They would never trail again.
Burrier scored 11 of the team's 17 points during the run, going 4-for-5 from the floor with two three-pointers.
Stevenson shot 59.3 percent from the field in the opening half, including 50.0 percent from three-point range while building a 43-36 halftime lead. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays shot 35.5 percent from the floor and were 3-for-11 from behind the arc.
Elizabethtown outscored the Mustangs 16-10 over the first 7:42 of the second half to pull within one at 53-52 before rallying from a nine-point deficit to cut the Stevenson lead to just one a second time at 65-64 with 5:33 to play.
However, the Mustangs finished the game on an 11-4 run, scoring seven of their final 11 points from the free throw line where they went 7-for-8.
Freshman Christian Roberts (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half, going 3-for-3 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Junior Alfonzo Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City) scored eight points, finishing the game with 16 to go along with five assists and three steals.
Junior Stefon McCray (Milton, Fla./Archbishop Curley) had seven points and nine rebounds.
Ben Cable led the Blue Jays with 17 points while Andrew Mantz totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Stevenson travels to Arcadia on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m., tip-off. McCray scored a career-high 26 points, including 18 in the second half, but two free throws by the Knights' Travis Sultus with nine seconds left gave Arcadia a 71-68 victory over Stevenson at Owings Mills Gymnasium on December 1.