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Mustangs drop 4th-straight, fall to Arcadia

By: Dayne Turner

Stevenson shot the ball relatively well and got to the foul line, but couldn’t make up for Arcadia’s 3-point shot.

Another continued losing streak, and now the Stevenson men’s basketball team is just 1-7 to start their season and all four of the latest losses have been against MACC opponents. On Saturday, the Mustangs lost to Arcadia 76-64.

The visiting Knights shot 50-percent from the floor and made over half of their 3-point shots as Ryan Kelley hit five of the team’s 13 long-range buckets in the game. Kelley led all scorers with 19 points and had six assists. Teammates Brandon Thompson and Josh Scott scored 14 and 11 points, respectively.

The Mustangs were beaten out on the perimeter, going only 2-for-7 on their 3-point attempts. Cameron Hayes led Stevenson from the inside with 14 points and seven rebounds while Kyle Woodridge contributed 11, but the added point on so many more Arcadia makes added up for a loss.

Arcadia started out sloppy with four turnovers and trailed Stevenson 16-9 in the first seven minutes, but then responded with seven-straight points. Hayes, hit back-to-back baskets to break the short run and to put Stevenson back out ahead, but another seven unanswered points, capped by a deep three by Kelley, gave Arcadia a three-point advantage with 6:30 left in the first half.

Arcadia gradually extended their lead to 11 points as they took a 41-30 lead into halftime.

Arcadia continued with their foot on the pedal, making their largest lead up to 25 points and maintained their lead throughout the rest of the game.

Stevenson was only able to get back within 10 points with a few minutes remaining. The Mustangs were able to force 17 turnovers, but only scored 19 points off of them. Arcadia made up with it with 18 assists that routinely led to high-percentage shots and 24 points by their bench. By comparison, Stevenson only had nine assists and 13 points off the bench.

Stevenson made 43.8-percent of their shots from the floor and made 20 free throws, while the guests went just 9-for-12. They just couldn’t take advantage of the extra possessions they got and couldn’t stop the Knights 3-point shot.

Stevenson will look to rebound with a short road trip across I-695 when they face Goucher on Saturday. That kicks off a five-game road trip. They won’t return home until Jan. 7 when they host Lycoming.

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