OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Lynchburg College downed Stevenson University 101-80 in the first round of the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic presented by Buffalo Wild Wings in non-conference men's basketball Friday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium. The Hornets are receiving votes in the D3hoops.com preseason Top 25.
The Hornets (2-0) were led by Connor Schroeder, who totaled 20 points and 10 rebounds. Devante Young registered 12 points and seven assists, while Zack Burnett and Jay Allen recorded 10 points apiece.
The Mustangs (0-2) were paced by Tim McNeal and Benjamin Young, who each finished with 13 points, with Young grabbing eight rebounds. Mark Terrell notched 11 points, while Ben Wiebusch knocked down both of his three-point attempts and added nine points.
Stevenson held an 8-4 lead 1:38 into the game following a three-pointer by Cameron Hayes before Lynchburg scored 10 straight points to build a 14-8 lead. The Hornets took their largest lead of the first half, 45-25, on a Young basket 4:07 before intermission, but the Mustangs closed the half on a 13-3 spurt and an Anwar Henson basket at the buzzer pulled the hosts within 10, 48-38, at the break.
Lynchburg put the game away early in the second half, outscoring Stevenson 20-9 in the first six minutes to open a 68-47 lead. The Hornets led by as many as 31 in the second half.
The Hornets shot 50.7% for the contest and were 18-42 (42.9%) behind the arc, while Stevenson shot 36.1% from the floor and 27.3% (9-33) from three-point land. Lynchburg also held a 53-41 rebounding advantage.
Stevenson returns to action Saturday when it faces Skidmore at 4:00 pm in the second round of the Hoopsville Classic at Owings Mills Gymnasium.