Mustangs Can't Overcome Slow Start at Widener

Mustangs Can't Overcome Slow Start at Widener

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.

Freshman Cameron Hayes led Stevenson with 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, while junior Christian Collins added seven points.  Four players finished with six points apiece.

Stevenson returns to action Wednesday night when it travels to Lebanon Valley College for an 8:00 MAC Commonwealth contest.