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Mustangs fall to Alvernia on Senior Day

Senior wing Michael Byrd scored a career-high 16 points on Senior Day.

Senior guard Michael Byrd scored a career-high 16 points with seven rebounds and four assists on Senior Day on Tuesday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium. However, his effort was not enough as the Stevenson Mustangs men’s basketball team suffered a 94-77 loss to the Alvernia Crusaders.

Stevenson freshman wing Cameron Hayes led the Mustangs with 31 points on 12-for-19 shooting with six boards in the game and home team shot 43.8-percent from the floor. But the Crusaders had four players top double-digits with a pair scoring over 20 points. The Crusaders made 50.8-percent of their shots and hit 12 3-pointers in the game. Stevenson’s defense got burnt repeatedly from outside the arc.

Mike Miller hit four 3-pointers, but his 13 points were on the low end of the lead quartet for the Crusaders. Marquis Marshall hit three 3-pointers and shot 11-for-16 from the floor as he led Alvernia with 33 points. George Williams hit a pair of triples as he scored 23 points with 12 rebounds. Alex Shippen was 3-for-5 from distance in a 16-point effort.

The two teams exchanged shot for the first five minutes of the game until Shippen hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Crusaders ahead 17-11 with 14:04 left in the first half.

Stevenson was still hitting shots, but another 3-pointers by Marshall helped Alvernia complete 13-4 run that gave them a nine-point lead at 24-15.

The Mustangs held the Crusaders without a score for the next five minutes, but they were unable to capitalize on their opponent’s struggles. Stevenson scored only three points in that run. Williams got those right back for the Crusaders with another 3-pointers.

More 3-pointers helped them push ahead 45-31 by halftime.

Stevenson just couldn’t get a run to get back into things the entire game because of the Crusader’s high success rate of hitting shots. In the second half their best run was nine straight points, but by the time it started the Crusaders pushed ahead by 21 points. Byrd completed a three-point play to cap off the Stevenson run to make it a 78-66 game with 4:22 left on the clock.

Not too long, Alvernia responded with seven points in a row to get them back up by 19 points with 2:24 left.

Stevenson’s struggles on the defensive end just didn’t help them enough in the game. The 77 points were the best offensive outing the Mustangs had in their four games in February and matched their best offensive effort since they scored 79 points in a win over Alvernia on Jan. 14. The other 77-point performance was in a loss at Albright.

Stevenson will complete their 2016-17 season at Lycoming on Saturday.

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