Mustangs Close Out Regular Season With Hood, Albright

Mustangs Close Out Regular Season With Hood, Albright

2018-19 Stevenson Men's Basketball
vs. Hood Tuesday, February 12 - 8 pm
at Albright Saturday, February 16 - 3 pm

COMPLETE NOTES (PDF)

SERIES HISTORY

•   Hood has won five straight against Stevenson, sweeping the season series in each of the last two seasons and recording a 82-67 win in Frederick earlier this season.  The Mustangs captured both meetings with the Blazers in the 2015-16 campaign.

•   The Mustangs erased a 12-point deficit with 3:08 remaining and defeated Albright 96-95 in overtime in December at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  The Lions did sweep the season series in 2017-18.

SCOUTING STEVENSON

•   Stevenson, which last week locked up its first MAC Commonwealth tournament berth since 2015-16, fell to Lebanon Valley and Widener in its last two games.  Senior Montaque Wright leads the Mustangs and ranks second in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring with his 18.3 ppg average.  He has reached double figures in scoring 21 times in 23 games.  Mark Terrell ranks fourth in the conference in scoring at 17.6 ppg, while Marcus Dentley, who made his season debut in December, checks in with a 15.5 ppg average.

SCOUTING HOOD

•  The Blazers, who sit tied for second in the MAC Commonwealth standings, are 8-2 since the start of 2019, but fell in their most recent outing 107-100 at Lycoming on Saturday.  Hood is led by Mason Wang's 17.4 points per game, while Michael Riley and Evan Wang are adding 12.8 and 11.6 ppg, respectively.

SCOUTING ALBRIGHT

• Albright kept its hopes alive for the final MAC Commonwealth playoff spot alive with an 82-74 win against Messiah on Saturday.  The Lions will battle Alvernia on Wednesday, the team directly ahead of it in fifth place in the conference standings.  Albright features the MAC Commonwealth's leading scorer in Samuel Majekodumni, who is averaging 18.9 ppg.  Jared Rappoport is the other Lion averaging double figures at 10.6 ppg.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

•  After being picked ninth in the MAC Commonwealth preseason poll, Stevenson has locked up a MAC Commonwealth playoff berth.  While Arcadia has locked up the regular season championship at 14-0, spots 2-4 are wide open, with Hood and Widener tied at 9-5, while Stevenson sits a game back at 8-6.  The Mustangs could still slip to No. 5, but would have to lose their final two games and Albright would have to win its last two. Five teams qualify for the MAC Commonwealth Championship.

NATIONAL NOTORIETY

•  Senior Montaque Wright earned a spot on ESPN Sportscenter's Top Players on January 3 when his 50-foot buzzer beater against Alvernia to give the Mustangs a 67-64 win was the No. 2 play.  The clip of the game-winner has also been seen over 18,000 times on Twitter and Facebook.

RACKING THEM UP

•  Senior Montaque Wright and junior Mark Terrell have each been named MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week twice this season.  Wright was also named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week on January 14.

FILLING THE STAT SHEET

•  Montaque Wright ranks among the MAC Commonwealth leaders in a bevy of statistical categories.  Wright leads the league in steals at 2.6 per game, while ranking second in scoring (18.3 ppg) and fourth in assists (4.2 apg).  He is also 13th in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

     On January 9 against Messiah, Wright recorded just the second triple-double in Mustang history, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the Falcons.  His triple-double is one of just 12 in Division III this season.

SPREADING THE WEALTH

•  The Mustangs are averaging 17.7 assists per game, good for No. 21 in Division III.

SHOOT TO WIN

•  Stevenson shot a season-best 57.7% in its win February 2 at Lycoming, including 62.1% in the second half.  It marked the sixth time this season the Mustangs have shot over 50%, and they are 6-0 in those games.

WINNING BIG

•  Stevenson's 88-51 win against Clarks Summit in the first round of the Buffalo Wild Wings Classic was its largest margin of victory since a 113-68 victory against SUNY-Purchase on February 18, 2006.

•  On January 12, the Mustangs downed Widener 101-71.  The 30-point margin of victory was the largest for Stevenson in a MAC Commonwealth game since joining the league for the 2012-13 season.

BIG COMEBACKS, TOO

•  Stevenson trailed Lycoming 66-52 against Lycoming on December 1 and eventually forced overtime with 1.2 seconds left as Montaque Wright made three free throws before winning 100-92 in overtime.

•  On December 8, Stevenson trailed Albright by as many as 13 in the second half and 81-69 with 3:06 left before forcing overtime with 0.6 seconds left on a three by Evan Joseph.  The Mustangs went on to win 96-95 in OT.

REELING THEM OFF

•  With its seven-game win streak earlier this season, Stevenson had its longest win streak since winning seven in a row in the 2014-15 campaign.  The seven-game win streak is tied for second-best in program history with two other seven game strings. The Mustangs won 15 in a row in 2006-07, while they had a seven-game win streak in 2005-06 in addition to 2014-15.

ROAD TRIP

•  Stevenson won 84-79 at Lebanon Valley on November 28 to pick up its first MAC Commonwealth road win since the 2016-17 season.  The Mustangs were 0-8 on the road in league play last season but are 4-3 this season. 

FREE BASKETBALL

•  After not having any overtime games in the 2015-16 or 2016-17 seasons, the Mustangs have had five since the start of last season.  Stevenson was 1-1 last season and 3-0 in 2018-19.

MAKING HIS MARK

•  After averaging 5.7 ppg through his first two seasons, junior Mark Terrell is averaging 17.6 ppg this season.  He had a career-high 35 points against FDU-Florham, the most by a Mustang since Erik Fisher had 36 against Hood in 2016.  Terrell is shooting 59.5% from the floor and ranks fourth in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring and field goal percentage.

WHAT'S NEXT

•  The five-team MAC Commonwealth Championship kicks off Monday with the No. 4 seed hosting the No. 5 seed, followed by semifinals on Wednesday, February 20 and the championship game on Saturday, February 23

GETTING SOCIAL 

•  Stevenson athletics can be found on Facebook by searching for "Stevenson University Mustang Athletics" or on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @GoMustangSports.  Stevenson men's basketball can be found on Twitter at @GoMustangHoops.

MUSTANG SPORTS NETWORK

•  All Stevenson men's basketball home games can be seen and heard on the Mustang Sports Network.  To watch, simply visit www.gomustangsports.tv, or visit the Stevenson University Athletics Roku channel.  To listen to the broadcast of any home game, simply visit sfmsports.net.