GLENSIDE, Pa. – Host Arcadia University placed four players in double figures as it outlasted Stevenson University for a 78-69 MAC Commonwealth men's basketball victory Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.
Arcadia (4-5, 1-2 MAC Commonwealth) scored the game's first eight points and led 36-31 at halftime before Stevenson (5-4, 1-3 MAC Commonwealth) opened the second half on an 11-0 run to take a 42-36 lead with 17:37 left on a three-pointer by sophomore Kyle Wooldridge. The Knights countered with nine straight, and a Josh Scott basket at the 14:50 mark put the hosts on top 45-42.
On its next possession, Stevenson tied the game on a three by senior Danzel Wright. Both teams went cold for the next several minutes, with the Mustangs taking a 49-47 lead with 10:44 on the clock on a basket by sophomore Mark Terrell. After the game was tied 51-51, Arcadia scored the next seven points to go up 58-51 with 5:12 left. Wright snapped Stevenson's scoring drought with a pair of free throws with 4:48 left to make it 58-53.
Another 7-3 spurt by the Knights put Arcadia up 65-56 on a Phil Pierfy three with 3:14 to go. Stevenson whittled the advantage to five, 68-63, with 1:12 left when freshman Kobe Colston connected on a three-pointer, but Arcadia sealed the victory by going 10-10 at the free throw line in the final 44 seconds.
After falling behind early, Stevenson tied the game seven minutes in on a basket by junior Korey Hayman, Jr. that knotted things at 11. Leading 22-18, the Knights used a 10-2 run to build a 12-point cushion, 32-20, with 4:28 to go before the break, and led 34-22 before Stevenson closed the half on a 9-2 run, and a three by freshman Evan Joseph as time expired pulled the visitors within five at intermission.
Junior Jaylin Johnson finished 7-7 at the free throw line and led Stevenson with 17 points, while Wright totaled 15 points. Wooldridge knocked down three three-pointers and registered nine points, while Joseph nailed both of his three-point attempts and added eight points.
Scott and Da'Kquan Davis paced Arcadia with 21 points apiece.
Arcadia outrebounded Stevenson 44-27, including 15-4 on the offensive glass, and shot 45.3%, while the Mustangs shot 40.7% from the floor, but did connect on 10 of their 23 (43.5%) three-point attempts. Stevenson was 15-17 at the free throw line, with the Knights going 15-18.
Stevenson is idle next week due to final exams and returns to action Monday, December 18, when it travels to Mount Aloysius College for a 7:00 contest.