It was the only three Stevenson hit in the second half. And it was a big one.
As Lycoming attempted to overcome an 18-point deficit, Brett Burrier interrupted the run with his fourth 3-pointer of the game. The ensuing run crushed Lycoming's momentum as Stevenson picked up a key 82-76 win over the Warriors.
The loss was even more difficult to swallow considering it was senior day at Lamade Gym. Anthony Martin, Jerald Williams, Ihsaan Davis and John Ryan Wolf were honored before the game.
"They smacked us around pretty good at our place," Stevenson (13-8, 6-8) coach Gary Stewart said. "I told the team that before you can talk about basketball, you have to talk about getting to a competitive situation to compete. We did that today."
Burrier's trey helped extend Stevenson's advantage to four. Alfonso Hawkins the. pushed it to six with a layup on the next possession. The closest Lycoming (14-7, 8-6) got from that point on was three, thanks to two Chris Foreman free throws.
Burrier finished with 17 points to go with four rebounds and a assist.
"That three was huge for us at that point," Stewart said.
Stevenson's offense kept Lycoming off balance throughout the first half, draining eight treys and scoring 14 points in the paint.
The offensive focus helped Stevenson open the game on a 6-0 run to force and early Lycoming timeout.
The brief pause seemed to help as a Williams three and Michael Rudy layup got Lycoming within two of tying.
But, in a theme that would define the game, Stevenson responded with a 13-4 surge to build an 18-point lead.
Tyson Jacobs keyed the run, scoring 12 of the Mustangs 13 points over the surge. The lead hit 18 when Jacobs connected on his second 3-pointer in the opening 10 minutes.
"You only get one or two games like that a year," Stewart said of his team's shooting performance. "It's a tough deal to try and hold a team like Lycoming down for long."
The Stevenson offense ran through Jacobs, who posted a game-high 24 points. He also dished out five assists and used his dribble to setup open shooters.
"It was a career day for him in the second half," said Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt said of Jacobs. "He got very comfortable and that streak really carried them through."
The Mustangs converted eight of their 16 first half 3-point attempts, and finished hitting 48.6 percent of their shots from the field. Lycoming responded with a small run to cut the lead down to eight points, but a Jacobs layup and two Hawkins free throws spoiled any chances of a first half comeback.
Chris Foreman, who finished with 12 points, opened the second half with a three. It appeared to give Lycoming some momentum until a quick four-point swing restored the eight point lead.
"The first possessions of any half are always important," Rancourt said. "Stevenson just wanted the ball more than we did."
STEVENSON (13-8, 6-8 CC)
Jacobs,Tyson 8-13 5-7 24; McCray,Stefon 8-12 3-4 19; Burrier,Brett 5-10 3-4 17; Roberts,Christian 4-13 3-5 12; Hawkins,Alfonzo 2-14 2-2 6; Davis,Kelly 1-4 0-0 3; Bishop,Andrew 0-0 1-2 1; Scroggins,Jason 0-1 0-0 0; Costly,Tyrus 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 28-67 17-26 82.
LYCOMING (14-7, 8-6 CC)
Anthony Martin 8-19 0-0 16; Chris Foreman 3-8 4-4 12; Michael Rudy 3-11 6-8 12; Kevin Anthony 3-9 3-4 9; Patrick Dougher 2-4 2-2 8; Jerald Williams 2-5 3-3 8; Ihsaan Davis 2-5 1-2 5; William Wingate 2-4 0-0 4; John Ryan Wolff 1-1 0-0 2; Rob Pillow IV 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-68 19-23 76.
Halftime: Stevenson, 51-43. 3-point goals--Stevenson 9-22 (Burrier 4-9; Jacobs 3-4; Roberts 1-6; Davis 1-2; Scroggins 0-1), Lycoming 5-17 (Dougher 2-4; Foreman 2-6; Williams 1-2; Davis 0-1; Pillow IV 0-2; Rudy 0-2). Fouled out--McCray. Rebounds--Stevenson 45 (McCray 9), Lycoming 42 (Rudy 10). Assists--Stevenson 13 (Jacobs 5), Lycoming 15 (Martin 4). Total fouls--Stevenson 19, Lycoming 20. Technical fouls--None. A-689