Roberts, Burrier Headline Mustangs' 82-81 Victory at Second-Place Albright
READING, Pa. - Stevenson men's basketball freshman Christian Roberts (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) scored a career-high 33 points while senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) scored his 1,000th at Stevenson as the Mustangs edged out an 82-81 victory over second-place Albright Saturday at the George C. Bollman Center.
With the win, Stevenson (15-8, 8-8 MAC) moves into a four-way tie for fourth place in the Commonwealth Conference standings with Hood, Arcadia and Messiah with two games remaining. The Mustangs split their season series' with Hood and Messiah, but lost both meetings to Arcadia.
Roberts was 12-for-20 from the field, including 7-of-13 from three-point range which is the second-most three-pointers in a game in school history and the most since Greg Woody had seven in a 74-69 loss to the University of Dallas in the championship game of the 10th Annual Legg Mason Winter Classic on Jan. 6, 2008.
It was Robert's second 30-point game of the season after he had 31 points in a 104-100 loss verus Lycoming on January 12. Since being held scoreless at Hood on January 23, he has averaged 17.8 points the last seven games while scoring in double figures in each contest.
Meanwhile, Burrier finished with 13 points to surpass the 1,000-point mark in 68 career games at Stevenson. He now has 1,001 at Stevenson and 1,048 in 90 career games which includes 22 at Division I UMBC in 2008-09.
The Mustangs trailed by as many as 13 with 14:25 remaining in the second half before they used a 17-4 run to tie the game for the first time at 57-57 with 10:59 to play. Roberts scored 11 points during the run and hit three-straight three-pointers to pull Stevenson within one, 56-55 with 11:30 left.
From that point, there were six ties and seven lead changes as neither team led by more than five.
The Lions (18-5, 11-5 MAC) led by three with 1:02 remaining before Roberts hit his fifth three-pointer of the half to tie the game at 79-79.
Dave Singleton immediately answered to put Albright back in front by two, but following a Mustang timeout, Roberts converted a three-point play with 17 seconds left to put Stevenson ahead, 82-81.
Singleton's three-point attempt with two seconds to play was off the mark, giving the Mustangs their fifth consecutive win.
Roberts scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half while junior Stefon McCray (Milton, Fla./Archbishop Curley) added 13. McCray finished with 15 and tied Burrier with a team-high seven rebounds.
Singleton totaled 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Lions while Zach Benjamin had 15 points and nine rebounds.
Stevenson travels to Elizabethtown on Wednesday for an 8:00 p.m., tip-off with the Blue Jays. The Mustangs won the earlier meeting between the two teams, 76-68 at Owings Mills Gymnasium on January 16.