Mustangs to Make First Tournament Appearance Since 2008 After 93-75 Win
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Led by senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and junior Stefon McCray (Milton, Fla./Archbishop Curley), the Stevenson men's basketball will be making its first conference tournament appearance since 2008 after the Mustangs defeated Lebanon Valley 93-75 Saturday at Owings Mills Gymnasium on Senior Day.
Stevenson (16-9, 9-9 MAC) earned the fifth-seed in the 2013 Commonwealth Conference Men's Basketball Championship after posting its 10th home win of the season and getting help from Lycoming, Arcadia and Alvernia.
To get into the conference tournament, the Mustangs had to win and needed help from three other teams in three other scenarios. As a result, they earned their postseason appearance after Lycoming beat Hood in double overtime, Arcadia defeated Widener and Alvernia knocked off Messiah.
Stevenson's 10 home wins are the most since the team went 11-0 during the 2006-07 season en route to winning the NEAC title.
Saturday's game featured 19 lead changes, including 16 in the second half. The Dutchmen (9-16, 6-12 MAC) led 59-58 following a layup by Kyler Burke with 11:37 remaining before the Mustangs immediately answered with a jumper in the paint by McCray to regain the lead just 18 seconds later.
The basket by McCray sparked beginning of a 25-5 run for Stevenson over the next 6:14 as it took a 19-point advantage at 83-64 with 5:05 to play. During the run, Lebanon Valley scored just two points from the floor, going 1-for-10, while hitting 3-of-5 from the free throw line.
Burrier finished with 21 points while McCray posted his second double double of the season and the fourth of his career with 19 points and 11 rebounds. He also had a career-high seven assists. Junior Alfonzo Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City) added 12 points and five assists while junior Kelly Davis (Patterson, N.J./Manchester) had 10.
Danny Brooks led the Dutchmen with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He also added eight rebounds.
Stevenson lost its two meetings with Arcadia this season by a total of just five points. The Knights won 71-68 at Owings Mills Gymnasium on December 1 and 77-75 at Alumni Gymnasium on January 19.