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Alvernia Clinches Playoff Spot with Win over Stevenson

Feb 15, 2017 • by Alvernia University
Alvernia Crusader

Owings Mill, Md. – Senior Marquis Marshall scored a game-high 33 points to lead Alvernia University (15-9, 9-6) to a 94-77 win over Stevenson University (4-20, 2-13) Tuesday evening in MAC Commonwealth men’s basketball action at Stevenson.

Marshall helped set a different tone for a team that struggled against the Stevenson zone defense in a home loss earlier this season. He hit the first two 3s he looked at helping the Crusaders out to a 10-7 lead then knocked down his third and final 3 of the night with 12:24 left in the first half for a 22-15 lead.

George Williams and Mike Miller hit back-to-back 3s as the Crusaders pushed their lead up to 13 points and the guests settled for a 45-31 lead at the halftime break. Marshall led the way with 20 points over the first 20 minutes and sophomore Reid Hoff had a game-high eight assists at the half.

The lead grew to 19 points early in the second half and Alvernia held the lead in double-figures the rest of the way.

Hoff finished with a career-high tying nine assists, Williams had a big double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, Alex Shippen had 16 points, and Miller finished with 13. Stevenson got a team-best 31 from Cameron Hayes.

The Alvernia win combined with other results around the league on Tuesday set the five teams who will qualify for the postseason. Lycoming has locked down the top seed with Alvernia, Albright, Lebanon Valley, and Widener filling out the remaining four spots in some order.

Alvernia and Widener face off in the final game of the regular season on Saturday. The winner will be the #2 seed and host a semifinal. Alvernia would be #3 if Albright were to lose to Messiah or #4 if Albright wins.

Alvernia has qualified for the MAC postseason for the sixth time in eight years under head coach Mike Miller. The Crusaders have four appearances in the final and four titles in the previous five appearances in the championships.

 2TotalRecordsAlvernia University45499415-9, 9-6 MACCStevenson3146774-20, 2-13 MACCGame DetailsDate02/14/17Attendance275SiteOwings Mills, Md.RefereesSean Gaskins, Greg Anagnostopoulos, Ernest ProvostNotesMAC Commonwealth game.Alvernia University 94Alvernia University 94##PlayerGSFGM-FGA3FGM-3FGAFTM-FTAOFF-DEFTOTPFTPATOBLKSTLMIN3Marquis Marshall*11-163-48-104-373330001384George Williams*7-152-47-104-8124235502400Alex Shippen*6-113-51-10-8841622013744Mike Miller*4-124-91-20-2221311023911Reid Hoff*1-40-10-00-443291003724Nik Henson 0-00-03-40-00030000132Timothy Toney 1-10-00-10-00020000330Hawkins, Alec 1-20-00-01-01020000121Anthony Hedgepeth 0-00-00-00-00100100242Ron Adams 0-00-00-00-00000000110Nicholas Youngkin 0-00-00-00-000000001TMTEAM 0-00-00-00-110000000 Totals-31-6112-2320-289-26351794171006200 Team Total % 50.8 %52.2 %71.4 %  Team summary: FG3FGFT  First Half 16-299-174-6   55.17 %52.94 %66.67 %  Second Half 15-323-616-22   46.88 %50.00 %72.73 % Technical Fouls:nonePoints in the Paint:32Points off Turnovers:10Second Chance Points:9Fast Break Points:4Bench Points:7Scores Tied:1 time(s)Lead Changed:2 time(s)Largest Lead:21 2nd-06:30Stevenson 77Stevenson 77##PlayerGSFGM-FGA3FGM-3FGAFTM-FTAOFF-DEFTOTPFTPATOBLKSTLMIN20Hayes,Cameron*12-191-36-74-2603111013714Byrd,Michael*4-110-48-91-6741642123235Cornish,Cliff*3-60-00-02-13561200823Wooldridge,Kyle*2-61-40-01-45351100243Ben Wiebusch*1-40-20-00-331250002244Terrell,Mark 3-70-21-22-133701001910Hayman Jr.,Korey 1-51-22-20-00151000180Walt English 1-20-01-20-441322011613Fleming,Taj 1-40-30-00-11220000135Elijah Earley 0-00-00-00-2220020011TMTEAM 0-00-00-02-020000000 Totals-28-643-2018-2212-24362277151114200 Team Total % 43.8 %15.0 %81.8 %  Team summary: FG3FGFT  First Half 12-321-106-8   37.50 %10.00 %75.00 %  Second Half 16-322-1012-14   50.00 %20.00 %85.71 % Technical Fouls:(1) Cornish,CliffPoints in the Paint:36Points off Turnovers:5Second Chance Points:19Fast Break Points:8Bench Points:17Scores Tied:2 time(s)Lead Changed:1 time(s)Largest Lead:2 1st-19:31

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