CHESTER, Pa. – The Stevenson University men's basketball team could not overcome a slow start as it fell 75-61 to Widener University in MAC Commonwealth action Saturday afternoon at the Schwartz Center.
Stevenson (1-5, 0-2 MAC Commonwealth) led just once, taking a 3-0 lead 39 seconds into the game on a three-pointer by freshman Kyle Wooldridge. The Mustangs trailed 9-7 when an 8-2 run by Widener (5-2, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) gave the guests a 17-9 lead at the 15:11 mark on a basket by Sardayah Sambo.
The Mustangs hung around, and a three by freshman Taj Fleming with just under six minutes remaining cut the Pride lead to nine, 30-21, but from there, Widener closed out the half on a 15-7 run and took a 45-27 lead into the locker room.
Widener scored the first seven points of the second half to extend its lead to 52-27. The Mustangs whittled the lead down to 17, 56-39, on a layup by senior Michael Byrd with 12:32 to go in the contest, but an 11-0 run by the hosts over the next three minutes put the game out of reach at 67-39.
The Pride shot 54.7% for the contest while limiting Stevenson to 33.8% shooting on the afternoon. The Mustangs connected on just three of 18 three-point attempts and went to the free throw line 11 fewer times, going 8-14 while Widener was 13-25 at the charity stripe. Stevenson outrebounded the hosts 44-40 and held a 25-10 lead in points off turnovers.
Stevenson returns to action Wednesday night when it travels to Lebanon Valley College for an 8:00 MAC Commonwealth contest.