MEADVILLE, Pa. – Senior Danzel Wright led three Stevenson University men's basketball players in double figures with 22 points as the Mustangs downed Houghton College 78-55 in the second round of the Greg Richards Tip-Off hosted by Allegheny College Saturday afternoon.
Stevenson (3-0) is unbeaten through three games for the first time since 2014-15.
Wright finished 8-17 from the floor, including 4-10 behind the arc, and is averaging 22.3 ppg through his first three games in a Mustang uniform. Sophomore Kyle Wooldridge went 4-8 from three-point land and 6-11 overall and totaled a career-best 17 points, while junior Keith Moody flirted with a double-double, recording 10 points and eight rebounds. Junior Jaylin Johnson and freshman Kobe Colston chipped in with six points apiece.
Houghton (2-1) was led by Dylan Lambert's 16 points.
The Mustangs trailed 7-3 when they scored 14 unanswered points, taking a 17-7 lead on a conventional three-point play by Wooldridge at the 12:20 mark. Lambert stopped Houghton's nearly three-minute scoring drought with a three-point play nine seconds later, and from there, the lead fluctuated between six and nine points until a 6-0 Houghton spurt pulled them within two, 25-23, with 5:18 left before intermission.
Marcus Dentley broke a five-minute scoring drought for Stevenson with a three at the 2:58 mark to put the Mustangs up 28-23. A Wright three with five seconds to go put Stevenson up 36-26, and it went into the locker room up 36-28.
The Highlanders pulled within five a minute into the second stanza before the Mustangs pushed the lead back to 10. Stevenson led 43-38 with 16 minutes to go and gradually pulled away to open up a 13-point cushion, 58-45, with 9:43 on the clock on a pair of Dentley free throws. Stevenson held Houghton to just one field goal over the final 5:51 as it closed the game on a 15-3 run.
Stevenson shot 40% (12-30) behind the arc and 43.5% overall while holding the Highlanders to 33.3% shooting, including 4-15 behind the arc. Houghton did shoot 17-22 at the free throw line while the Mustangs went just 6-13, and Stevenson eked out a 41-40 rebound advantage. Stevenson committed just eight turnovers and generated a 25-7 advantage in points off turnovers.
Stevenson returns to action Tuesday night when it travels to York (N.Y.) for a 5:30 contest.