Late Push Not Enough for Men's Hoop in Conference Opener

Late Push Not Enough for Men's Hoop in Conference Opener

READING, Pa. – The Stevenson University men's basketball team got a 13-point second half deficit down to two in the game's final seconds, but dropped an 81-77 decision to Albright College in MAC Commonwealth action Wednesday night at the Bollman Center.

Stevenson (4-2, 0-1 MAC Commonwealth) was led by senior Danzel Wright, who totaled 30 points for the second time this season.  He finished 6-9 from three-point land and 8-13 overall while recording six rebounds and three assists.  Junior Jaylin Johnson registered 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.  Sophomore Mark Terrell chipped in with seven points off the bench.

Albright (4-1, 1-0) was led by Brandon Lindsay's 28 points, while DeJuan Smith finished with 22.

The Lions led 73-60 with just under five minutes remaining following a three-point play by Lindsay and still maintained a 78-67 advantage with 1:49 left.  Johnson cut the lead to nine, 78-69, at the 1:44 mark, and following a foul, Lindsay missed the front end of a one-and-one.  Johnson converted another layup with 1:19 to go to make it a seven-point game.

On Albright's next trip, Johnson made a steal and was fouled and made 1-of-2 at the line with 1:05 to go making the score 78-72.  Following a foul, Albright again missed the front end of a one-and-one, and a Wright three with 54 seconds to go halved the lead.

The hosts worked the clock and Smith missed a layup with 24 seconds to go, but Lindsay grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled.  With Albright in the double bonus, he missed the first and made the second to make it a two-possession game with 20 seconds left.  On the other end, Wright missed a three, but Marcus Dentley grabbed the offensive board and got it to Wright, who was fouled.  He sank both free throws, and the score sat at 79-77 with 10 seconds left.  Stevenson was forced to foul, and Smith sank a pair of free throws to account for the final.

Stevenson trailed 34-31 at halftime but an 8-0 spurt to start the second half capped by a Johnson three put the Mustangs up 39-34 1:49 into the stanza.  Albright countered with eight straight points of its own and a Lindsay three put the Lions back on top at the 16:25 mark.  After trailing by six, a Terrell three at the 10:22 mark pulled Stevenson within three, 51-48, but the hosts outscored the Mustangs 22-12 over the next five-plus minutes to open a 13-point cushion.

The lead changed hands five times in the game's first 10 minutes, before a basket by freshman Evan Joseph put Stevenson up 22-19 9:32 before halftime.  The Mustangs held the lead for most of the rest of the half before Albright closed on an 8-2 run and a Smith three with 1:37 to go put the Lions up 34-31 at the break.

Stevenson shot 49.1% overall and made nine of its 21 three-point attempts, while the Lions shot 42.9% overall and 10-29 from three, but a 16-6 advantage on the offensive glass gave Albright a 25-6 lead in second chance points.  The hosts, who outrebounded the Mustangs 42-32 overall, also generated a 15-7 advantage in points off turnovers.

Stevenson returns to action Saturday when it hosts Widener in a 3:00 MAC Commonwealth contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.