WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Stevenson University men's basketball senior Michael Byrd flirted with a triple-double in his final collegiate game, recording 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but the Mustangs fell 97-81 to MAC Commonwealth top seed Lycoming College at Lamade Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
Byrd finished 8-8 at the free throw line for Stevenson (4-21, 2-14 MAC Commonwealth) while going 6-16 from the floor and 2-6 behind the arc. He had 18 of his points in the first half and finished with a career high in points, rebounds and assists. Freshman Cameron Hayes finished in double figures for the seventh straight game with 19 points. Hayes finishes the season as the leading freshman scorer in the MAC Commonwealth with his 14.9 ppg average.
Lycoming (21-4, 13-3 MAC Commonwealth) was paced by David Johnson's 31 points.
The Warriors jumped out to a 26-10 lead just over seven minutes into the game before nine straight points capped by a free throw by freshman Elijah Earley at the 9:51 mark pulled the Mustangs within seven, 26-19. Lycoming responded with an 8-2 run to push the lead back to 13. The hosts led 41-30 when a 9-0 Stevenson run capped by a Byrd three pulled it within two, 41-39, with 2:06 left before intermission. Lycoming took a 48-44 lead into the locker room.
Lycoming outscored the Mustangs 20-9 over the first six minutes to open a 68-53 lead following a three by TJ Duckett. Stevenson did get the lead down to 11, 71-60, with 10:12 left when Earley made 1-of-2 at the line, but that would be as close as the visitors would get as the Warrior lead swelled to as many as 24 down the stretch.
Lycoming shot 52.6% from the floor while Stevenson shot 45.2%, with the Warriors going 11-27 from three-point land and the Mustangs going 7-21. Stevenson did take 11 more trips to the free throw line, going 18-23 while the hosts were 6-12, but Lycoming outrebounded Stevenson 43-32, including 15-8 on the offensive glass.
Byrd is the Mustangs' lone senior on the roster.