Mustangs Look To Bounce Back at Messiah, Lycoming This Week

Mustangs Look To Bounce Back at Messiah, Lycoming This Week

2018-19 Stevenson Men's Basketball
at Messiah, Wednesday, January 30 - 8 pm
at Lycoming, Saturday, February 2 - 3 pm

COMPLETE NOTES (PDF)

SERIES HISTORY

•   Stevenson took the first meeting with Messiah on January 9 with an 80-66 triumph at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  The Mustangs are looking for their first win at Messiah since the 2015-16 campaign.

•   The Mustangs trailed by as many as 14 in the second half in this season's first meeting with Lycoming, but three free throws by Montaque Wright with 1.2 seconds left forced overtime, and Stevenson prevailed 100-92 in the extra session.  Stevenson's last win in Williamsport came in 2014-15, a 79-73 overtime victory.

SCOUTING STEVENSON

•   Stevenson has dropped three straight and were edged by MAC Commonwealth frontrunner Arcadia 79-78 on Saturday. The Mustangs are led by Mark Terrell and Montaque Wright.  Terrell is averaging 18.6 ppg, while Wright is averaging 18.0.  The duo ranks third and fourth in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring.  Marcus Dentley made his season debut on December 15 against Arcadia and is averaging 14.7 ppg.  He had a career-best 29 in the Widener win on January 12 and had 28 against Hood in the following game.

SCOUTING MESSIAH

•  The Falcons snapped a six-game slide with a 77-60 win against Alvernia on Saturday.  Colin Sareyka, who ranks second in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring, is averaging 19.2 ppg, while Matt Glogowski is the other Messiah player averaging double figures at 14.2 ppg.

SCOUTING LYCOMING

• After losing five straight, Lycoming has been victorious in its last two outings, including a 58-55 overtime victory at Albright on Saturday.  The Warriors have five players averaging double figures, led by Markanthony Fidelis, who has knocked down a team-high 44 three-pointers and is averaging 16.8 ppg.

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 2.3 per game, while ranking fourth in scoring (18.0 ppg) and third in assists (4.4 apg).  He is 15th in rebounding (5.2 rpg) and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.5).

     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 11 in Division III this season.

SPREADING THE WEALTH

•  The Mustangs are averaging 17.7 assists per game, good for No. 22 in Division III.

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 0-9 on the road in league play last season but are 2-1 this season. 

FREE BASKETBALL

•  After not having any overtime games in the 2015-16 or 2016-17 seasons, the Mustangs have had four since the start of last season.  Stevenson was 1-1 last season and 2-0 in 2018-19.

MAKING HIS MARK

•  After averaging 5.7 ppg through his first two seasons, junior Mark Terrell is averaging 18.6 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 59.0% from the floor and ranks third in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring and is fourth in field goal percentage.

WHAT'S NEXT

•  Stevenson hosts Lebanon Valley next Wednesday before traveling to Widener on Saturday.

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.