Rutgers Newark Prevails in See-Saw ECAC Battle

Rutgers Newark Prevails in See-Saw ECAC Battle

NEWARK, N.J. - In a game that saw 10 ties and 18 lead changes, Rutgers-Newark outlasted Stevenson 77-74 in the first round of the 2019 ECAC Division III Men's Basketball Championship Wednesday night at The Golden Dome.

  • After two ties and five lead changes in the first six-plus minutes, Stevenson (14-13) took a 14-11 lead at the 13:34 mark on a basket by Cam Harris.
  • Rutgers-Newark (14-12) used six straight points to take a 21-15 lead at the 10:58 mark.
  • The Mustangs got eight straight points by Johnny Rhodes, including back-to-back threes, to take a 27-21 lead with 8:25 to go.
  • Stevenson took its largest lead, 35-27, on a Harris three with just under five minutes left before intermission.
  • The Scarlet Raiders cut the lead to two late in the half, but an Evan Joseph three with eight seconds left put the Mustangs up 40-35 at the break.

  • Rutgers-Newark stormed out of the gate with a 10-0 run to open the second half to take a 45-40 lead.
  • Stevenson scored the next five points and a basket by Marcus Dentley with 16:06 left tied the game 45-45.
  • A Rhodes layup with 14:20 to play allowed the Mustangs to reclaim the lead, 48-47.
  • After the hosts took a 54-50 lead at the 10:13 mark, Stevenson scored six straight to go up 56-54 with 9:28 on the clock on two Montaque Wright free throws.
  • The game would be tied three more times before a three by Mark Terrell with 4:14 remaining put Stevenson on top 65-63.
  • Two more lead changes and a Wright basket with 2:33 to go gave the guests a 67-66 lead.
  • Rutgers-Newark scored the next eight points to build a 74-67 lead with just under a minute remaining.
  • Trailing 75-71, five points by Wright, including a three with 10 seconds left, pulled Stevenson within two, 76-74.
  • The Mustangs fouled on the inbounds, and the Scarlet Raiders made 1-of-2 at the free throw line to leave the door ajar for Stevenson to force overtime, but a Wright three was off the mark and a scramble for the rebound on the floor had not been decided when the final horn sounded.

  • Rutgers-Newark was 13-20 (65%) from the floor in the second half and shot 55.3% for the game, but was just 3-15 behind the arc.
  • Stevenson shot 49% overall and made 10 of its 26 three point attempts.
  • The Scarlet Raiders made 15 more trips to the free throw line, going 22-28 with Stevenson going 10-13 at the stripe.
  • Both teams grabbed 27 rebounds.
  • Wright led the Mustangs with 25 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.
  • Rhodes recorded 15 of his career-high 22 points in the first half.  He finished 9-13 from the floor and 3-5 behind the arc.
  • Harris knocked down a pair of three-pointers and finished with 10 points.
  • Terrell chipped in seven points.
  • Stevenson was making its first postseason appearance since the 2014-15 season.