ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Elizabethtown used a 12-0 run over the final 4:54 of the first half and the first 43 seconds of the second half to take a nine-point advantage that it would not let slip below five points the rest of the way as the Blue Jays posted a 64-50 victory over the Stevenson men's basketball team Tuesday at Thompson Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Mustangs (15-9, 8-9 MAC) fall to sixth place in the Commonwealth Conference standings with Hood with one game remaining. The top five teams advance to the Commonwealth Conference Men's Basketball Championship.
However, just one game separates Stevenson from third place where Lycoming, Arcadia and Messiah are all tied with 9-8 conference records.
The Mustangs trailed by 11-4 in the game's first 5:32 before a 10-2 run capped by a lay-up by junior Stefon McCray (Milton, Fla./Archbishop Curley) gave them their first lead at 14-13 with 9:49 remaining.
A jumper by senior Tyson Jacobs (Baltimore, Md./Owings Mills) put Stevenson in front 20-17 with 4:54 to play, but the team would not score another point over the game's next 5:37 while Elizabethtown (8-16, 5-12 MAC) scored 12-straight to take a 29-20 lead with 19:17 left in the second half.
During the drought, the Mustangs were 0-for-5 from the floor while committing five turnovers and four fouls.
The Blue Jays scored 18 of their 24 first-half points in the paint while holding a plus-eight rebound margin. They finished the game with a 40-24 advantage in points in the paint and a 49-31 margin in rebounds.
McCray led Stevenson with 16 points while Jacobs had 11 points and three assists. Junior Alfonzo Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City) totaled nine points, six rebounds and three steals.
Reigning Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week, freshman Christian Roberts (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch), was held to just two points on 1-of-6 shooting, but did manage four rebounds and four steals.
Ben Cable had 21 points and eight rebounds for Elizabethtown while Andrew Mantz totaled 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mustangs host Lebanon Valley on Saturday at Owings Mills Gymnasium beginning at 4:00 p.m., on Senior Day. Stevenson won the first meeting between the two teams, 76-66 back on January 5.