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Jacobs Scores 21 First-Half Points to Lead Mustangs Past Lycoming, 82-76

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Stevenson men's basketball senior Tyson Jacobs (Baltimore, Md./Owings Mills) scored 21 of his season-high 24 points in the first half as the Mustangs posted an 82-76 Commonwealth Conference road victory over Lycoming Saturday at Lamade Gymnasium.

Stevenson (13-8, 6-8 MAC) scored 51 first-half points while avenging a 104-100 overtime loss to the Warriors at Owings Mills Gymnasium on January 12. In that game, the Mustangs scored a season-high 57 points in the second half to force overtime.

Jacobs was 8-of-9 from the floor in the opening half, including 3-of-4 from three-point range while scoring his 21 points in just 15 minutes of action. As a team, Stevenson shot 48.7 percent from the floor and was 8-of-16 from three-point range.

Leading by two at 10-8 with 16:18 remaining in the first half, the Mustangs used a 22-6 run to take their largest lead of the game at 32-14 with 10:48 to play. Jacobs scored 12 points during the run while also totaling two assists.

Lycoming (14-7, 8-6 MAC) cut ist deficit to six before junior Alfonzo Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City) hit two free throws with one second left to give Stevenson a 51-43 halftime lead.

Senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill), who scored his 1,000th career point in Wednesday's 77-71 win over Widener, added 12 first-half points, including nine on three three-pointers. He finished the game with 17 points and now has 975 points in 66 games in a Stevenson uniform.

The Warriors pulled within on at 61-60 with 9:01 remaining in the second half, but led by a three-pointer and two free throws from Burrier, the Mustangs used a 9-2 run to push their lead back to eight with 6:10 to play.

The Stevenson lead never fell below three the rest of the way as the Mustangs handed the third-place Warriors their fourth loss in the last six games.

Lycoming is now tied for third place in the Commonwealth Conference standings with Arcadia and Messiah after Messiah handed Arcadia a 74-57 loss Saturday at home. Stevenson, who trails all three teams for the fifth and final spot in the Commonwealth Conference Men's Basketball Championship by two games with four remaining, hosts Messiah on Wednesday.

Junior Stefon McCray (Milton, Fla./Archbishop Curley) totaled 19 points and nine rebounds while freshman Christian Roberts (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) had 12 points and six rebounds.

Anthony Martin had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Warriors while Michael Rudy totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Stevenson and Messiah get underway on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

 

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