Mustangs Prevail in Overtime to Get Back in Win Column

Mustangs Prevail in Overtime to Get Back in Win Column

GRANTHAM, Pa. - The Stevenson University men's basketball team held off two Messiah rallies, one at the end of regulation and another in overtime, and held on for an 86-84 MAC Commonwealth victory at Jordan Court Wednesday evening.

  • Messiah (8-13, 4-8) jumped out to an 8-3 lead three minutes into the game.
  • Stevenson (13-7, 7-4) reeled off eight straight points and a Montaque Wright three at the 15:51 mark put the Mustangs up 11-8.
  • A 9-2 Mustang run capped by a layup by Marcus Dentley 6:10 before halftime put the guests up 29-20.
  • Stevenson took its largest lead, 38-26, with 2:11 on the clock on a Wright basket.
  • The Mustangs took a 40-31 lead into the locker room.

  • Evan Joseph's steal and layup just over four minutes into the second half put Stevenson up 11, 48-37.
  • Five straight points by Messiah pulled the Falcons within six on two Colin Sareyka free throws at the 14:55 mark.
  • A 9-4 spurt by Stevenson increased the Mustang lead to 11, 57-46, on a basket by Johnny Rhodes with just under 11 minutes left.
  • The Falcons got the lead down to six, but a Cam Harris three with 4:48 left once again gave the guests a double-digit cushion, 66-56.
  • Messiah held the Mustangs scoreless for over three minutes and rattled off 11 straight points, taking a 69-68 lead with 1:13 to go on two Sareyka free throws.
  • Mark Terrell sank two free throws with 56 seconds to go as Stevenson reclaimed the lead, going up 70-69.
  • The Falcons turned it over on the other end, but a Dentley layup attempt was blocked with 24 seconds left and the hosts grabbed the rebound.
  • Sareyka was fouled with 12 seconds left, missing the first free throw but making the second to tie the game 70-70.
  • Stevenson got one final look but a shot by Wright was off the mark.

  • After two free throws by Rhodes with 3:47 left in the extra frame put Stevenson up 75-73, a Wright three extended the lead to five at the 3:24 mark.
  • Stevenson took its largest lead in overtime, 83-76, when Terrell was fouled on a good field goal and sank the free throw for the conventional three-point play.  Messiah also earned a technical and the Mustangs made one of two free throws for a four-point swing.
  • After a Falcon basket, two free throws by Terrell with 1:09 left made it 85-78.
  • On the other end, EJ Porter hit a three on an offensive rebound to make it 85-81 with 56 seconds remaining.
  • Stevenson came up empty on its next possession, and Wright nailed another three to cut the lead to one, 85-84, with 12 seconds to go.
  • Wright was fouled, but missed both free throws, and Messiah grabbed the rebound.  However, the Falcons turned it over, with Kyle Wooldridge coming up with a steal.
  • Wooldridge made 1-of-2 at the line to make it 86-84, and a half-court heave by Sareyka at the buzzer was well off the mark.

  • The win snapped a three-game slide for the Mustangs.
  • Wright led five players in double figures for Stevenson with 21 points, knocking down four three-pointers.  He also had eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
  • Dentley finished with 20 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes before fouling out in the extra session.
  • Terrell posted his second double-double in the last three games, notching 18 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Harris was 4-8 behind the arc and finished with 12 points, while Rhodes added 10 points off the bench.
  • Stevenson shot 47% overall, was 9-27 behind the arc and 15-22 at the free throw line, while the Falcons shot 45.1% overall and 11-16 at the free throw line.  Messiah was also 9-27 from long range.
  • The Mustangs edged Messiah in rebounding (40-39) but committed three more turnovers (21-18).
  • Stevenson improved to 3-0 in overtime this season.
  • The Mustangs won at Messiah for the first time since the 2015-16 season and completed the season sweep.
  • Stevenson is tied with Hood at 7-4 for third place in the MAC Commonwealth standings, a half-game behind second place Widener (8-4).  Stevenson and the Blazers are three games up in the loss column on fifth place Alvernia, the final spot that qualifies for the MAC Commonwealth Championship, with three teams sitting with eight losses.

  • Stevenson is back on the road Saturday, heading to Lycoming for a 3 pm MAC Commonwealth contest.
  • The Mustangs return home on Wednesday, February 6, entertaining Lebanon Valley in an 8 pm tilt at Owings Mills Gymnasium.