Mustangs Open ECAC Play at Rutgers-Newark Wednesday

Mustangs Open ECAC Play at Rutgers-Newark Wednesday

2018-19 Stevenson Men's Basketball
ECAC Championship - First Round
at Rutgers-Newark Wednesday, February 27- 7 pm

COMPLETE NOTES (PDF)

SERIES HISTORY

•   Stevenson and Rutgers-Newark have never met in men's basketball.

SCOUTING STEVENSON

•   Stevenson is making its first ECAC Championship appearance since 2015 and its third in the past six seasons.  The Mustangs were selected ninth in the MAC Commonwealth preseason poll.  Senior Montaque Wright leads the Mustangs and ranks second in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring with his 18.2 ppg average.  He has reached double figures in scoring 23 times in 26 games.  Mark Terrell ranks fourth in the conference in scoring at 17.6 ppg, while Marcus Dentley, who made his season debut in December, checks in with a 14.7 ppg average and is 10th in the league in scoring.

SCOUTING RUTGERS-NEWARK

• Rutgers-Newark finished 13-12 overall and 6-12 in New Jersey Athletic Conference play.  The Scarlet Raiders are ranked No. 8 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 62.7 points per game while allowing teams to shoot just over 40% from the floor.  Chase Barneys leads Rutgers-Newark with his 15.6 ppg average, while Mark Isiofia-Thomas (14.8) and Tyler Ofray (13.5) are also averaging double figures.

MUSTANGS IN THE ECAC CHAMPIONSHIP

•  Stevenson is making its third ECAC appearance in the last six seasons. The Mustangs captured back-to-back ECAC South titles in 2014 and 2015, downing Neumann 78-75 in 2014 and Arcadia 83-73 in 2015.

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.  The duo was also each named MAC Commonwealth All-Conference, with Wright earning First Team and Terrell Second Team accolades.

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 2.7 per game, while ranking second in scoring (18.2 ppg) and fourth 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.

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 were 4-4 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 17.6 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 59.2% from the floor and ranks fourth in the MAC Commonwealth in scoring and fifth in field goal percentage.

WHAT'S NEXT

•  Should Stevenson get past Rutgers-Newark, the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of the ECAC Championship will be hosted by Hood this weekend.  THe Mustangs would face the winner of the Wilkes-Brooklyn game on Friday at 2 pm in Frederick.

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.