2019 MAC Commonwealth Men's Basketball Championship - First Round
No. 4 Stevenson vs. No. 5 Albright - Monday, February 18 - 7 pm
Owings Mills Gymnasium - Owings Mills, Maryland
- Tickets for Monday night's game are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students and children, with children under 6 free. Stevenson students will be admitted free courtesy of the athletic department.
• Stevenson and Albright split their two meetings this season. In the first meeting, the Mustangs erased a 12-point deficit with 3:08 remaining and defeated Albright 96-95 in overtime in December at Owings Mills Gymnasium. On Saturday, Albright clinched its conference tournament spot with a 75-69 win in Reading. Prior to December's win by Stevenson, Albright had won four straight in the series.
• Stevenson is making its first MAC Commonwealth Championship appearance since 2015-16 after being picked ninth in the conference's preseason poll. Senior Montaque Wright leads the Mustangs and ranks third in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring with his 17.9 ppg average. He has reached double figures in scoring 22 times in 25 games. Mark Terrell ranks fifth in the conference in scoring at 17.3 ppg, while Marcus Dentley, who made his season debut in December, checks in with a 15.2 ppg average and is 10th in the league in scoring.
• Albright enters the MAC Commonwealth Championship on a three-game win streak and defeated Alvernia and Stevenson last week to earn the final playoff spot. The Lions feature the MAC Commonwealth's leading scorer in Samuel Majekodumni, who is averaging 18.4 ppg. Jared Rappoport is the other Lion averaging double figures at 11.3 ppg. Sidney Brown has a team-high 48 three-pointers and is adding 9.8 ppg.
MUSTANGS IN THE MAC COMMONWEALTH CHAMPIONSHIP
• Stevenson is making its fifth MAC Commonwealth Championship appearance in seven seasons in the league. The Mustangs are 2-4 all-time, reaching the conference final in 2014 and 2015, falling to Alvernia both times. This is Stevenson's third appearance in the 4-5 game, which it has dropped both times, most recently to Lycoming in 2016.
• 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
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 2.5 per game, while ranking third in scoring (17.9 ppg) and third in assists (4.3 apg). He is also 14th in rebounding (5.4 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.
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.
I LOVE THE 80s
• The Mustangs are 11-1 this season when they score at least 80 points.
• 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.
• 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 were 4-4 this season.
• 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 17.3 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 59.1% from the floor and ranks fifth in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring and field goal percentage.
• Monday's winner travels to Arcadia for a MAC Commonwealth semifinal on Wednesday night, with the championship game set for Saturday. Should Stevenson not win the MAC Commonwealth championship and the accompanying automatic berth into the NCAA field, the Mustangs would be under consideration for an ECAC berth.
• 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.