Mustangs Finish Unbeaten in Non-Conference Play, Down Penn State Berks
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's basketball junior Alfonzo Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City) scored a career-high 24 points as the Mustangs overcame a 14-point deficit midway through the first half en route to an 84-79 non-conference victory over Penn State Berks Monday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
With the win, Stevenson (11-8) finished its non-conference schedule undefeated with a 7-0 record. It was also the team's seventh win at home this season, the program's most since 2006-07 when the Mustangs won 11.
For Hawkins, he finished with 20 or more points for the second-straight game and for the third time this season. His previous career-high came on January 12 when he had 23 in a 104-100 overtime loss versus Lycoming.
With the game tied at 7-7 just 2:45 into the first half, the Nittany Lions (8-10) used an 18-4 run over the next 5:30 to take a 25-11 lead with 11:45 remaining. During the run, Stevenson was just 2-for-9 from the floor while committing four turnovers.
However, keyed by a three-pointer from senior Tyson Jacobs (Baltimore, Md./Owings Mills), the Mustangs responded by scoring 36 of the game's next 47 points to take an 11-point advantage with 1:51 to play.
Hawkins scored 12 of his game-high 24 points in the opening half as Stevenson held a 47-43 lead despite Penn State Berks hitting 18-of-29 attempts from the floor for 62.1 percent.
Meanwhile, senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mills) totaled 13 first-half points and finished the game with 17, giving him 997 in 86 career games, including 950 in 64 games at Stevenson.
The Mustangs led by as many as 13 in the second half and never let the Nittany Lions get closer than three. Hawkins and freshman Christian Roberts (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) combined for 23 of the team's 37 second-half points and 10 of its 15 field goals.
Stevenson had five players in double figure scoring. Roberts finished with 16 while Jacobs had 12 and junior Stefon McCray (Milton, Fla./Archbishop Spalding) added 10. McCray also had a team-high seven rebounds.
Jeff Schmidt totaled 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Penn State Berks who also had five players in double figure scoring. Dameon Nixon and Darren Major each had 16 while Tom Smith had 15 points and nine rebounds.
Stevenson hosts a Commonwealth Conference contest versus Widener Wednesday beginning at 8:00 p.m. The Pride posted an 87-64 victory in the first meeting between the two teams back on December 8.