Mustangs Make Late Push Against Manhattanville

Mustangs Make Late Push Against Manhattanville

BRONX, N.Y. - Stevenson whittled a 15-point deficit down to four late, but the Mustangs fell 100-92 to Manhattanville in the championship game of Lehman's Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament Saturday evening at APEX Main Gym.

  • Manhattanville (6-6) jumped out to a 9-2 lead just 1:36 into the game.
  • The Valiants took their largest lead of the first half, 20-11, at the 15:40 mark.
  • Stevenson (9-3) reeled off nine straight points and a three-point play by Mikey Parker with 12:42 left in the half tied the game 20-20.
  • Manhattanville scored the next seven points to reclaim a seven-point cushion.
  • The Mustangs forged another tie, 32-32, with 7:39 left on an Evan Joseph basket.
  • After the Valiants scored the next five points, Stevenson cut the lead to two three times, the last on a Taj Fleming basket with 2:27 left that made it 45-43.
  • Manhattanville went into intermission with a 49-43 lead.

  • Stevenson opened the second half on a 6-0 run, with a Montaque Wright layup tying the game 49-49 1:14 into the half.
  • Manhattanville used an 18-4 run to build a 67-53 run with 13:45 remaining.
  • The Valiants took their largest lead, 73-58, with 11:02 to go.
  • Eight straight points capped by a Fleming jumper pulled Stevenson within seven, 73-66, with 9:28 on the clock.
  • A Sean Smith layup pushed the Valiant lead back to 13, 85-72, with 6:46 to go.
  • Trailing 87-74 with 5:37 left, Stevenson held Manhattanville without a field goal the rest of the way, and used a 10-1 run to pull within four, 88-84, with 1:52 left on a Marcus Dentley basket.
  • After Manhattanville pushed the lead to six, 90-84, with 1:30 left on a pair of free throws, Stevenson cut the lead to four two more times, but got no closer.
  • The Valiants were 12-12 at the free throw line in the final 1:30.

  • Manhattanville never trailed and led for all but 50 seconds.
  • The Valiants shot 50.8% from the floor, including 9-23 (39.1%) from three, while the Mustangs were just 2-15 from long range and 48.6% overall.
  • Manhattanville took 12 more trips to the free throw line, going 27-32, while the Mustangs were 18-20, a season-best 90% from the stripe.
  • The Valiants held a 41-33 rebound advantage.
  • Mark Terrell finished 9-14 from the floor and led four Mustangs in double figures with 23 points.
  • Wright totaled 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
  • Dentley notched 14 points, while Joseph recorded 12 points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds.
  • Fleming had a career-best eight points, while Johnny Rhodes also totaled eight points off the bench.

  • The Mustangs return to MAC Commonwealth play on Thursday, traveling to Alvernia for a 6 pm contest.
  • Stevenson returns to Owings Mills Gym on Saturday January, 5 when they host John Jay in non-conference action at 2 pm.