OWINGS MILLS, Md. – On the final day of the D3Hoops.com Hoopsville National Invitational Classic the Beacons final game came down to the wire as the host Mustangs of Stevenson University edged men's basketball by the final of 72-70 Sunday afternoon at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
The Beacons (1-1) who trailed by four with seven seconds left in the second half, got a huge three-pointer from Joshua Mojica (Loiza, Puerto Rico) which cut the lead to one (71-70). Now with only three seconds left on the clock the Beacons quickly fouled Alphonzo Hawkins, sending him to the line to shoot two shots. Hawkins would make the first and miss the second. Rahshjeem Benson (Boston, Mass.) would grab the board but by the time he was able to turn around time had expired giving the Mustangs (2-0) the slim non-conference win.
Mojica's three-pointer capped off a seven point and 11 rebound day for the sophomore guard. From the field the native of Puerto Rico was 2-for-5, with the one three and was 2-for-3 at the line. Of his 11 boards, which led the Beacons, nine were recorded on the defensive side of the court.
Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.), who made his first start of the season on Sunday totaled a team-best 16 points and also had six boards and two blocks. Benson posted a game-high four blocks in his second start with UMB.
Despite the loss the Beacons offense was just as consistent as they were yesterday, as they finished shooting 42.9% (24-for-56). From behind the arc they finished shooting 43.8% (7-for-16), while at the line they shot 71.4% (15-for-21) overall. On the glass the Beacons held a +3 advantage over the Mustangs (46-43).
Through the first 20 minutes of play UMB never allowed the Mustangs to really gain control of the scoreboard. They did manage to close out the half with a three point (31-28), with Mojica scoring the final jumper of the period.
In the second half, UMass and Stevenson went back-and-forth with neither team jumping out to a commanding lead. UMB's final lead of the second half came with 8:13 left when Benson nailed a pair of free throws to make it 57-55.
However Stevenson tied the game at 57-57 seconds later on a lay-up from Andrew Bishop. Bishop would then push the Mustang's lead to one on a free throw.
Stevenson would continue to try and extend their lead and would eventually get it to eight following a tip-in from James Milton with 2:50 left in regulation. A jumper from Edmond and a three-pointer from DeLucia would cut the Mustangs lead back down to three. Joseph would then make it a one-point game on a huge dunk with 22 seconds left in the contest.
The Mustangs would push their back to three following a pair of made free throws form Milton. He would then make it a two-possession after going 1-for-2 at the line with less than 10 seconds to play.
After inbounding the ball the Beacons would get it over to Mojica, who drained the near game-changing three. Unfortunately, Stevenson would hold on just as time expired to secure the victory.
Men's Basketball returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Fitchburg State University for a 7:30 p.m. contest.