CHESTER, Pa. – Host Widener University placed four players in double figures as it pulled away for an 85-65 MAC Commonwealth men's basketball victory over Stevenson University at the Schwartz Center Saturday afternoon.
Widener (12-9, 5-7 MAC Commonwealth) won its fourth straight game behind 19 points from Sam Smith. Elijah Boyd finished with 15 points, while Sardayah Sambo and Ryan McMahon finished with 13 and 11 points respectively.
The Mustangs (10-12, 2-11 MAC Commonwealth) were led by a career-best 17 points by junior Keith Moody, who was 3-3 behind the arc after having just one three-point field goal on the season entering the game. Senior Danzel Wright and junior Johnny Rhodes each totaled 12 points, while sophomore Mark Terrell was 5-10 from the floor and added 10 points.
After being down a dozen, 53-41, at the 12:36 mark, a 7-2 Stevenson run made it 55-48 with 11:18 left following a basket by Rhodes before the Pride used an 11-4 run to go up 14, 66-52, at the 8:36 mark on a Jalen Howard basket. A three by Cam Harris made it 66-55 with 8:09 to play, but Widener held the Mustangs scoreless for nearly three minutes as it opener up a 71-55 lead on a Laverty three with 5:22 remaining. The Pride maintained at least a 12-point cushion the rest of the way.
Widener scored the game's first seven points and opened up an early 13-5 lead before five straight points by Rhodes cut the lead to 13-10 at the 10:26 mark. A 7-0 spurt by the hosts allowed them to build a 31-19 lead 4:32 before intermission, but the Mustangs countered with eight straight points of their own to pull within four, 31-27, at the 2:56 mark on a Kyle Wooldridge three, and the Mustangs got the lead down to three, 33-30, on a Moody trifecta with 1:22 to go. Widener took a 38-33 lead into the locker room.
The hosts shot 54.8% over the final 20 minutes and 51.6% for the game while Stevenson shot 37.9% for the contest. The Mustangs connected on 12 of 32 three-point attempts, while the Pride were 9-22. Widener outrebounded Stevenson 43-31 and finished with a 16-0 advantage in fast break points and a 13-3 edge in points off turnovers.
Stevenson is home Wednesday night when it hosts Hood in an 8:00 MAC Commonwealth contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.