Late Second Half Run Carries First-Place Alvernia Past Mustangs, 69-59

Late Second Half Run Carries First-Place Alvernia Past Mustangs, 69-59

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's basketball junior Alfonzo Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City) scored 22 points, one shy of his career-high, but a 16-3 run by Alvernia late in the second half carried the Crusaders to a 69-59 Commonwealth Conference victory Saturday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

The loss was just the second in the last five home games for Stevenson (10-8, 4-8 MAC) who defeated the Commonwealth Conference's first place team 75-66 back on December 5.

The game featured 12 ties and 11 lead changes, including five ties and six changes in the second half. The Mustangs tied the game for the 12th time at 42-42 on a jumper by senior Tyson Jacobs (Baltimore, Md./Owings Mills) with 10:04 remaining before Alvernia scored 16 of the game's next 19 points to take a 58-45 lead with 2:15 to play.

Despite committing 12 turnovers, the Crusaders (15-3, 10-2 MAC) shot 56.5 percent from the floor in the second half, going 13-of-23 en route to 42 points. They were also 13-of-23 from the free throw line.

Hawkins, who scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the second half, posted his second 20-point game this season and was one shy of his career-high 23 scored in a 104-100 overtime loss at Lycoming on January 12.

Meanwhile, senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) totaled his second consecutive double double and the sixth of his career with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. He now has 980 points in 85 career games, including 933 in 63 games at Stevenson.

Jacobs and freshman Christian Roberts (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) each finished with 10 points and four rebounds.

Terrance Bridgers also had a double double for Alvernia, totaling 13 points and 10 rebounds, including 12 points and seven rebounds in the decisive second half. Lamont Clark had a team-high 18 points, 10 of which came in the second half.

Stevenson continues its three-game homestand on Monday with a non-conference contest versus Penn State Berks at Owings Mills Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Mustangs are 6-0 in non-conference games this season.