WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Sixth-ranked Lycoming College bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 83-71 win over Stevenson University in MAC Commonwealth men's basketball Saturday afternoon at Lamade Gymnasium. The win snapped a five-game win streak for the Mustangs.
Lycoming (14-1, 5-1 MAC Commonwealth) was led by Chris Wallace's 23 points, while Alex Newbold finished with 13 and Darius James with 10.
Stevenson (10-5, 2-4 MAC Commonwealth) got 11 points apiece from sophomore Mark Terrell and senior Danzel Wright. Terrell and Wright each grabbed five rebounds. Junior Jaylin Johnson added 10 points and six boards, while sophomore Cordell Mearite was 3-4 from three-point land and totaled nine points. Junior Keith Moody recorded eight points and five boards, while sophomore Jordon Baker chipped in with seven points.
Stevenson led 16-13 at the 12-minute mark of the opening half following a Johnson three, before a 13-0 Lycoming run capped by a pair of Wallace free throws put the hosts on top 26-16 7:55 before intermission. A three by freshman Kobe Colston stopped the Mustang drought, and Stevenson pulled within six, 30-24, with 5:23 left on a Wright three. A late 6-0 Warrior spurt gave Lycoming its largest lead of the first half, 13, but a putback by Moody as time expired cut the lead to 11, 44-33, at halftime.
Lycoming held the Mustangs without a field goal for nearly the first five minutes of the second half, with a Colston basket with 15:20 to play halting a 10-2 Warrior run. Another 9-0 run by the hosts allowed Lycoming to open a 63-37 lead at the 13:02 mark, and the Warriors took their largest lead, 76-46, with 5:40 left. Stevenson closed the game on a 25-7 run, with Mearite and Baker combining for 16 points during the run.
The Warriors shot 46.9% and held Stevenson to 31.8% shooting, with the hosts going 4-17 behind the arc and the Mustangs 8-32 from long range. The Mustangs shot 77.8% (21-27) at the free throw line with Lycoming going 19-29, and the visitors held a 45-41 rebound advantage. Stevenson was plagued by 25 turnovers, with 15 of those coming in the opening 20 minutes.
Stevenson is idle until next Saturday when the Mustangs host Alvernia in a 3:00 MAC Commonwealth contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.