READING, Pa. – Senior Danzel Wright and junior Jaylin Johnson each finished with 29 points and six rebounds to lead Stevenson University past Penn State Berks 113-83 in non-conference men's basketball Saturday afternoon.
Stevenson (4-1) is off to its best start since the 2014-15 season when it also started off by winning four of its first five games. The Mustangs matched the program record for points in a game, set on February 18, 2006 in a 113-68 win against SUNY Purchase. Stevenson cracked the 100-point barrier for the first time since a 103-99 double overtime win over Messiah on January 15, 2014.
Johnson finished 10-11 from the floor, including 3-3 behind the arc and 6-6 at the free throw line, while Wright was 8-11 from the floor, including 7-10 from three and 6-7 at the charity stripe. Junior Marcus Dentley was 6-8 from the floor and finished with 15 points, while sophomore Kyle Wooldridge was 4-8 behind the arc and added 14 points.
Penn State Berks (0-5) was led by Nelson Hine's 20 points.
Stevenson trailed 10-2 just over three minutes into the game but scored 12 straight points to take a 14-10 lead at the 14:47 mark on a three by freshman Kobe Colston. The Nittany Lions countered with an 11-0 run to go up 21-14 on a three-point play by Hine at the 11:48 mark.
The guests were down 28-26 with just under seven minutes to go in the first half when a 13-2 run capped by a Johnson layup off a Wright steal put the Mustangs on top 41-30 with just over four minutes remaining before intermission. Stevenson led by as many as 18 in the waning moments of the first half and took a 56-41 lead into the locker room.
Stevenson scored the first five points of the second half to go up 20, but Penn State Berks chipped away and got the margin down to 10, 77-67, with 11:46 left on a Micah Krauter layup. That would be as close as the hosts would get, as Stevenson scored its 100th point with 6:53 left on a Wooldridge three to make it 100-76.
The Mustangs shot 62.5% in the opening 20 minutes and 59.7% for the game and held Penn State Berks to 38.9% shooting on the day. Stevenson connected on 17 of its 33 (51.5%) three-point attempts and went 22-28 at the free throw line, while the hosts were just 11-33 from long range and 16-18 at the charity stripe. The Mustangs also eked out a 33-32 rebound advantage.
Stevenson opens MAC Commonwealth play Wednesday night when it travels to Albright for a 6:00 contest.