Roberts Explodes for 36, Mustangs Upset Bid Against Emory Falls Short

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Senior Christian Roberts had a career-high 36 points, but it wasn't enough as the Stevenson Mustangs (0-4) fell to No. 18 Emory in the last game of the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic Saturday evening at Owings Mills Gymnasium. Roberts' 36 points is the single-game tournament record, beating his record (27) dating back to last year's event.

Roberts finished the game going 14-for-19 from the field and 5-for-7 from three. He scored 25 of his 36 points in the first half. Sophomore Sean Mayberry chipped in with 19 points. The duo combined for 55 of the team's 75 points.

The Eagles were led by Will Trawick's 22-point effort. Nine of his 22 points were from the free-throw line. Jonathan Terry recorded a double-double with 11 points 11 rebounds.

Roberts got off to a blazing start as he scored 14 points in the first six minutes to help the Mustangs take a 18-7 lead. During the run, Roberts was perfect from the field (5-for-5) including three three-pointers.

At the 12:25 mark, Michael Byrd rose up for a thunderous put-back dunk off a Brandon Rorie missed lay up to bring the crowd to their feet and also give the Mustangs a 23-7 lead.

Stevenson took their largest lead of the game with 5:37 remaining in the first half after Roberts finished a fast-break lay up to take a 38-21 advantage.

But the rest of the half belonged to the Eagles as they put together a 20-0 run, including eight from Trawick, in the final 5:07 to take a 41-38 lead heading into halftime.

The second half opened with Stevenson outscoring Emory 14-9 in the first six minutes to regain the lead 52-50. Mayberry came out aggressive contributing six of his 15 second half points.

The second half featured six lead changes. Stevenson led 75-72 with 3:04 left following a pair of free throws by Chris Day. A pair of Trawick free-throws put the Eagles back into the lead, 76-75, with 54 seconds left. On the next Stevenson possession, the Eagles forced a Mustang turnover that lead to another trip to the charity stripe where Davis Rao converted on 1-of-2 to make it 77-75 with 21 seconds to go.

With nine seconds left, Roberts created enough space to get off a three of his own, but hit the left side of the rim. The Eagles were able to secure the rebound sank two more free throws to seal the victory.

The Mustangs shot 48.4% (30-62) for the game and 29.4% (5-for-17) from three-point range. The Eagles finished shooting 40.7% (22-for-54) from the field while going 33.3% (7-for-21) from beyond the arc. Emory's bench was key in the victory as they outscored Stevenson's bench 27-9. 

The Mustangs will play at Cabrini in the Coaches vs Cancer game on Saturday November 28. Tip-off is set for 6:00pm.