Men's Basketball On Cusp of Playoff Berth, Faces LVC, Widener

Men's Basketball On Cusp of Playoff Berth, Faces LVC, Widener

2018-19 Stevenson Men's Basketball
vs. Lebanon Valley, Wednesday, February 6 - 8 pm
at Widener Saturday, February 9 - 3 pm

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SERIES HISTORY

•   Stevenson defeated Lebanon Valley 84-79 in the two teams' first meeting of the season back in November in Annville.  It marked the Mustangs' first win in Sorrentino Gymnasium since the 2014-15 season.

•   The Mustangs snapped a five-game losing streak against Widener with a 101-71 win against the Pride at Owings Mills Gymnasium on January 12.  The win marked Stevenson's largest-ever in a MAC Commonwealth contest.

SCOUTING STEVENSON

•   Stevenson bounced back with two big road victories last week at Messiah and Lycoming and are on the cusp of a MAC Commonwealth playoff berth for the first time since 2015-16. The Mustangs are led by Mark Terrell and Montaque Wright.  Terrell is averaging 18.7 ppg, while Wright is averaging 18.0.  The duo ranks second and fourth in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring.  Marcus Dentley made his season debut on December 15 against Arcadia and is averaging 15.5 ppg, including 20.5 ppg over his last six contests.  He had a career-best 29 in the Widener win on January 12 and had 28 against Hood in the following game.

SCOUTING LEBANON VALLEY

•  The Dutchmen, defending MAC Commonwealth champions, are on a four-game slide and succumbed to a three-point barrage by Hood 103-75 on Saturday. Jeremy Deihm leads LVC in scoring at 14.4 ppg, while Zach Tucker (13.6) and Justin Baker (10.2) are also averaging double figures.

SCOUTING WIDENER

• Widener, which sits fourth in the MAC Commonwealth race, saw a four-game win streak snapped at home against Alvernia on Saturday.  The Pride face Gallaudet in a non-league game Tuesday before Saturday's contest.  Connor Laverty leads a balanced Pride attack at 12.8 ppg, while Elijah Boyd sits second on the team with his 11.6 ppg average.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

•  After being picked ninth in the MAC Commonwealth preseason poll, Stevenson currently sits tied with Hood for second in the conference standings, a half-game ahead of Widener.  The Mustangs can wrap up their first conference playoff berth since the 2015-16 campaign with either a win or a loss by Albright.  Five teams qualify for the MAC Commonwealth Championship.

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 2.4 per game, while ranking fourth in scoring (18.0 ppg) and third in assists (4.4 apg).  He is also 15th in rebounding (5.3 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.

SPREADING THE WEALTH

•  The Mustangs are averaging 17.9 assists per game, good for No. 17 in Division III.

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.

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 0-8 on the road in league play last season but are 4-2 this season. 

FREE BASKETBALL

•  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 18.9 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 59.9% from the floor and ranks second in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring and is fourth in field goal percentage.

WHAT'S NEXT

•  Stevenson closes out the regular season next week, hosting Hood for Senior Night next Tuesday before wrapping up at Albright next 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.