NEW PALTZ, N.Y.– Junior Tim McNeal posted his second straight double-double and third of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Stevenson University men's basketball team never trailed in a 93-58 non-conference victory over SUNY New Paltz at the Hawk Center Tuesday afternoon.
The win snaps a 10-game slide for Stevenson (2-13),during which their last six losses had all come by seven or fewer points. The 93 points are the most for the Mustangs since a 97-91 ECAC semifinal win over Hood on March 7, 2015, while the 35-point margin of victory is the largest since a 95-60 win over Bard College on December 2, 2006.
McNeal finished 8-14 from the floor, including 3-5 behind the three-point arc, to pace four Stevenson players in double figures. Junior Cliff Cornish narrowly missed a double-double as he posted 14 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Cameron Hayes chipped in with 13 points. Freshman Mark Terrell added 12 points off the bench. Sophomore Korey Hayman, Jr. dished out five assists. 12 of the 13 players who saw action for the Mustangs scored on the afternoon.
New Paltz (1-11) was led by Matt English's 11 points off the bench.
Stevenson wasted little time putting the game away, with freshman Ben Wiebusch scoring 15 seconds into the game to give the guests a 2-0 lead. A Cornish basket 2:14 in gave the Mustangs a 9-2 lead, which they extended to 20-3 at the 12:54 mark following a conventional three-point play by Hayes. Stevenson closed the half on a 10-0 run and took a 49-17 lead into the locker room.
The Mustangs scored the first eight points of the second half to extend its lead to 40, 57-17, on a Cornish three-point play with 17:17 left. A basket by Nick Arthur ended the Hawks' scoreless drought just shy of seven minutes, but Stevenson eventually took its largest lead, 67-26, with just over 13 minutes left on a basket by freshman Johnny Rhodes.
Stevenson shot 58.8% in the opening half and 52.1% for the game while limiting SUNY New Paltz to 35.1% shooting for the contest. The Mustangs, who held a 50-33 rebounding advantage, went 11-14 at the free throw line and 6-14 from three. The Hawks took 11 more trips to the free throw line, but went just 13-25, and were also 5-15 behind the arc. The guests also committed a season-low eight turnovers.
Stevenson returns to MAC Commonwealth play on Saturday when it travels to Alvernia University for a 3:00 contest.