Fifth-Seeded Albright Rallies to Stun No. 4 Mustangs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Fifth-seeded Albright trailed 60-39 with 12:31 remaining before rallying to stun fourth-seeded Stevenson 78-77 in the first round of the MAC Commonwealth Men's Basketball Championship Monday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

  • With the game tied 8-8 early, Stevenson (14-12) used a 12-3 run to build a 20-11 following two free throws by Evan Joseph at the 11:51 mark.
  • The Mustangs made four of their first seven three-point attempts.
  • Albright (9-16) went on a 12-0 run capped by a Christian Lane three at the 6:45 mark to take a 23-20 lead.
  • Stevenson held the Lions without a field goal for the final 3:47 of the first half and closed the half on a 14-2 run to go into intermission up nine, 34-25.
  • The Mustangs had the final eight points of the period, with a Joseph basket at the 1:34 mark putting the home team up nine.
  • Stevenson's defense forced 14 Albright turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
  • Mark Terrell had two three-pointers and eight points in the first frame, while Joseph and Montaque Wright each had seven, with Wright also registering six steals.

  • Stevenson used a 12-4 run in the first two minutes of the second half to increase its lead to 17, 46-29, on two free throws by Terrell.
  • The Mustangs took their largest lead of the game, 60-39, with 12:31 left on a three by Wright.
  • Trailing 68-51, Albright used a 13-2 run to pull within six, 70-64, with 5:20 left on a pair of free throws by Samuel Majekodunmi.
  • The Lions cut the lead to one, 71-70, on a basket with 3:44 left.
  • Stevenson got its first field goal in nearly six minutes with 3:13 left as a Terrell three-pointer was good to increase the lead to four.
  • A free throw by Terrell with 2:21 to go made it 75-70.
  • The guests scored the next seven points and a layup by Majekodunmi with 1:11 left gave Albright its first lead of the second half, 77-75.
  • After the two teams traded empty possessions, Joseph was fouled going to the basket with 5.7 seconds left and sank both free throws to tie the game.
  • Albright drew a foul in the backcourt with 3.8 seconds left.  Majekodunmi missed the first free throw, but made the second.
  • On a broken inbounds play, Stevenson got a final look from midcourt by Kyle Wooldridge, but his shot drew the back of the iron and bounced out.

  • Albright shot 53% in the second half and 47.4% for the game, but was just 5-18 behind the arc.
  • Stevenson shot 56.5% over the final 20 minutes and 5-7 behind the arc in the second half and shot 45.5% overall and 11-24 (45.8%) from three.
  • The Lions turned the ball over just four times in the second half and finished with 18 for the game.
  • The visitors held a 34-29 rebound advantage en route to winning their fourth straight game.
  • Albright was 19-24 at the free throw line while Stevenson went 16-22.
  • Wright led the Mustangs with 27 points on 10-22 shooting while also recording seven steals, six rebounds and four assists.
  • Terrell tallied 24 points on 7-11 shooting, including 3-3 from long range.  He grabbed eight rebounds.
  • Joseph added 12 points and eight assists.
  • Majekodunmi led all scorers with 32 points.

 

  • Stevenson awaits word of a possible ECAC Championship berth.  Those selections will be announced on Monday, February 25.