READING, Pa. – Junior Cliff Cornish posted his second double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but Stevenson University fell 89-77 to Albright College in MAC Commonwealth men's basketball Saturday afternoon at the Bollman Center.
Cornish finished 9-16 from the floor for Stevenson (4-16, 2-9 MAC Commonwealth) as he led three players in double figures. Freshman Cameron Hayes totaled 17 points, while classmate Ben Wiebusch added 11. Senior Michael Byrd chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
Albright (9-11, 7-4 MAC Commonwealth) was paced by Omari Ringgold's 28 points on 10-16 shooting. Dejuan Smith added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Albright led 38-33 at halftime, but the Mustangs closed within three, 42-39, with 17:21 left on a conventional three-point play by Wiebusch. Up 44-41, the Lions used a 9-2 run to open up a 10-point cushion, 53-43, with 13:28 left following a free throw by Smith.
The Mustangs got the lead back down to seven on a free throw by sophomore Walt English at the 12:13 mark, but a 7-2 Albright spurt made it a 60-48 game with 10:33 left. The guests would get as close as eight, but the Lions maintained a double-digit lead for most of the rest of the way, taking their largest lead, 80-63, with 3:20 to play.
Stevenson opened a 9-3 lead four minutes into the game following a basket by Hayes, but 14 straight points by Albright gave the guests a 17-9 lead at the 12:28 mark on a three by Ringgold. A basket by English snapped the Mustang drought with 12:03 to go in the first half and two free throws by English with 8:32 left capped a 14-4 Stevenson run and gave the guests a 23-21 lead.
The lead was short-lived as Brandon Lindsay connected on a three-pointer on Albright's next possession. Stevenson again tied the game 29-29 with 5:28 left when Cornish went 1-2 at the line, but that would be the game's final tie as the Lions outscored the Mustangs 9-4 the rest of the half to open a 38-33 lead.
Albright shot 58.6% in the second half and 50.8% overall from the floor while limiting Stevenson to 42.2% shooting. Both teams took 28 free throws, with the Lions going 21-28 and the Mustangs 18-28. The hosts were 8-23 behind the arc while Stevenson, which outrebounded Albright 42-33, went 5-18 from three-point land.
Stevenson returns to action Wednesday night when it hosts Messiah College in an 8:00 MAC Commonwealth contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.