Jacobs Scores Career-High 25, Mustangs Fall in Commonwealth First Round
READING, Pa. - Stevenson men's basketball senior Tyson Jacobs (Baltimore, Md./Owings Mills) totaled 25 points and eight rebounds while the Mustangs hit 10 three-pointers, but it wasn't enough as they fell to Arcadia Wednesday in the first round of the Commonwealth Conference Men's Basketball Championship at Alumni Gymnasium, 85-83.
Making its first conference tournament appearance since 2008, Stevenson (16-10) fell to the Knights for the third time this season with every game being decided by just one possession and a total of seven points.
Arcadia won 71-68 at Owings Mills Gymnasium on December 1 and 77-75 at Alumni Gymnasium on January 19.
The fourth-seeded Knights (16-10) were the only team in the Commonwealth Conference to go undefeated against the Mustangs this season.
Stevenson's 16 wins this season are the fourth-most in school history behind the 2005-06 and 2006-07 teams that each won 20 games and the 2004-05 squad that won 18.
In his final collegiate game, Jacobs posted career-highs in both points and rebounds while Stevenson hit a season-high 10 three-pointers, the most in a game since the team also made 10 in a 75-70 win over York (Pa.) at home on Feb. 8, 2012.
The Mustangs led 47-36 at the half, matching their largest lead of the game at 11 points.
However, Arcadia opened the second half with an 11-0 run to tie the game at 47-47 with 16:21 remaining. The two teams would battle through nine more ties and five lead changes, the last of which came on a lay-up by Aaron Lee-Webb that sparked a 6-0 run for the Knights, giving them an 82-76 lead with 26 seconds to play.
Junior Alfonzo Hawkins (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City) hit the 10th three-pointer of the game for Stevenson with 11 seconds left to pull the team within two at 83-81, but two free throws by Travis Saltus sealed the win for Arcadia, sending them to meet top-seeded Alvernia on Wednesday.
It was a tale of two halves for the Mustangs as they led by 11 at the break after shooting 60.7 percent from the floor and hitting seven three-pointers. However, they would shot just 39.4 percent from the field in the second half while the Knights shot 51.4 percent and scored 15 points off Stevenson turnovers.
Jacobs scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, accounting for over half of the Mustangs' 36 points.
Junior Stefon McCray (Milton, Fla./Archbishop Curley) totaled 18 points and nine rebounds while freshman Christian Roberts (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) finished with 17 points, 15 of which came on five three-pointers. Hawkins added 13 points.
Playing in his final collegiate game, senior Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) had six points, finishing his collegiate career with 1,083, including 1,036 in 71 games at Stevenson.
Khalief Trawick led Arcadia with 23 points and eight rebounds while Saltus had 19 points and nine rebounds.