ANNVILLE, Pa. – Freshman Evan Joseph scored a career-best 16 points, but the Stevenson men's basketball team fell 76-69 at Lebanon Valley College in MAC Commonwealth action Wednesday night at Sorrentino Gymnasium.
Joseph finished 5-8 overall and 4-7 from long range for Stevenson (10-9, 2-8 MAC Commonwealth) as he led four Mustangs in double figures. Senior Danzel Wright totaled 15 points, while junior Jaylin Johnson contributed 11 points and seven rebounds. Junior Keith Moody also recorded 11 points, while sophomore Mark Terrell had seven points off the bench.
Sam Light led the Dutchmen (13-6, 7-3 MAC Commonwealth) with 24 points, while Ricky Bugg notched 23.
Stevenson trailed 60-53 with just over eight minutes remaining following a pair of Bugg free throws, but outscored Lebanon Valley 13-6 over the next five minutes to tie the game 66-66 on a three by Wright with 3:21 remaining. The Dutchmen took the lead for good with 2:23 to go following a basket by Andy Orr.
Joseph missed a go-ahead three attempt with 1:54 on the clock, but a Johnson offensive board kept the Stevenson possession alive, but an eventual turnover gave LVC the ball with 1:15 left as Light came up with a steal. A Light basket with 51 seconds left made it 70-66, and after Terrell missed a three on Stevenson's next trip, Light went 6-6 at the free throw line the rest of the way to seal the win.
In a game that saw seven ties, eight lead changes, and neither side leading by more than seven, Lebanon Valley opened a 14-8 lead just over five minutes into the game. Down 20-15, an 8-1 Mustang run capped by a conventional three-point play by Moody at the 8:33 mark put Stevenson on top 23-21. The lead changed hands three times before LVC took a 33-29 lead into intermission.
A Light three 2:46 into the second half opened a 40-33 Dutchmen lead before a 17-9 Mustang run capped by a Wright three-point play put the guests on top 50-49 with 11:24 to go. That would be Stevenson's final lead of the night.
Lebanon Valley shot 50% for the game and was 7-17 behind the arc while also taking eight more free throws than Stevenson, going 15-18 at the line with the Mustangs making 8-of-10 at the charity stripe. Stevenson shot 42.6% for the game and was 9-23 from long range. LVC held a 34-30 rebounding advantage.
Stevenson returns to action Saturday when it hosts Albright in a 3:00 contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.