OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's basketball senior Alfonzo Hawkins scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, as the Mustangs upset No. 18 Middlebury 80-69 in the Hoopsville Classic Friday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
The win was the first for Stevenson (2-0) against an opponent ranked in the top-20. It is also their second consecutive 2-0 start to a season.
The first half featured five ties and two lead changes as the Mustangs led by as many as eight after a tip-in by sophomore Erik Fisher made it 20-12 with 8:55 remaining.
Sophomore Tyrus Costly broke a 24-24 tie with 3:48 remaining with a two-handed dunk on an alley-oop pass from junior Colby Giacubeno, who connected on a three-pointer just 1:08 later to break the fifth and final tie of the game.
With a 36-32 halftime lead, the Mustangs got their first double digit lead of the game after starting the second half on a 6-0 run with back-to-back steals by sophomore Christian Roberts and freshman Darius Walker.
The Panthers (3-1) would get as close as three with 2:17 remaining in the second half after a layup by Joey Kizel. TheD3hoops.com Preseason First Team All-American was limited to 12 points on 2-of-10 shooting before fouling out with 1:33 left to play.
Hunter Merryman led all scorers with 21 points and added seven rebounds and two assists.
Stevenson returns to action tomorrow when they host Birmingham-Southern in the Hoopsville Classic beginning at 5:00 p.m.