MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Three posted double figures as host Morrisville State College men's basketball collected a 70-56 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win over visiting Keuka College Wednesday night in Morrisville.
The win lifts the Mustangs to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in conference action, while Keuka remains to find the win column, dropping to 0-5, 0-1 in NEAC play.
Morrisville State's Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) led all scorers with 22 points on the night, adding 12 rebounds and three blocks; while teammate Kenny Bonaparte (Soundview, N.Y.) registered his first collegiate double-double behind his 15 point, 12 rebound performance.
Derek Beames (Otego, N.Y.) had a stellar night for the Mustangs, recording 14 points and five rebounds, while registering a collegiate high seven blocked shots.
Greg Tyler led the Keuka efforts with 13 points, while teammate Trevor Powell added 12 to go along with eight rebounds. Cliff Stevens rounded out the leaderboard with 10 points.
Morrisville State outgained the Wolves in shooting on the night, hitting 42.4% from the floor to Keuka's 32.8%.
Both teams played tight in the opening five minutes of the contest, before the Mustangs put together a 12-2 run to claim the 11-point advantage midway through the first half.
Keuka was able to cut the Morrisville State lead to three with 6:17 remaining in the first, but Steve Dolgos (Geneva, N.Y.) nailed a three, and Jordan Hoose (Hudson, N.Y.) followed with a dunk to shift the momentum back in favor of the hosts.
The Wolves again closed the gap on the Mustangs, but Beames posted the final three points of the half, including a throw down as time expired to send the game into the break with a 37-30 Morrisville State advantage.
In the second, Keuka scored the first seven points to tie the contest at 37 two minutes in, but Morrisville State went on a 14-0 run over the ensuing four minutes, including seven points by Beames, to regain a double digit lead, one that the visitors found difficult to overcome as the Mustangs collected the conference win.
Morrisville State returns to the court Saturday, traveling to cross town rival Cazenovia in a Route 20 Rivalry showdown. Tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Cazenovia.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.