Photo courtesy of Utica SID, Gil Burgmaster
CANTON, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's basketball team shot just 25 percent in the first half of Saturday afternoon's non-conference action, falling on the road to host SUNY Canton by a 72-55 final.
The loss is just the fourth of the year for the Mustangs, who drop to 7-4 overall before resuming North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action against reigning champion Lancaster Bible College next Saturday.
Leading scorers, Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) and Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.), each paced Morrisville State with 17 points apiece in the losing effort, with Dennis adding a team high 12 rebounds, nine that came on the offensive glass.
Jordan Hoose (Hudson, N.Y.) dished out a Mustang high five assists to go along with nine points and five boards, contributing to the effort.
A trio of Roos led the hosts to the win, including leader Sam Annorh who poured in a game high 25 points, while teammates Romario Fletcher and Rashad Richardson added 20 and 17, respectively.
Richardson collected the double-double with 17 rebounds, leading the Roos on the glass for the slight game advantage.
Canton used a 12-0 run over three minutes to take command of the contest midway through, and used a 16-2 spurt late in the half to double up the Mustangs and carry the 40-20 Roo lead into the break.
Morrisville State, who was held to a season low 20-point first half, shot just 25% from the floor in the opening period, hitting just 9-of-36 attempts from the floor.
The Mustangs found some offensive rhythm early in the second period and put together an 11-4 run to cut the Roo lead to 15 at the 14:40 mark, before posting three straight buckets nearly two minutes later to make it a 10 point game.
Morrisville State was able to pull within nine with seven minutes to go in the contest, but Canton was able to hold on and take advantage of a struggling Mustang team, to secure the non-conference win.
The Mustangs dominated the paint in the second half, and outscored the Roos 35-32, but the first period deficit proved to be the decisive factor in the contest with Canton shooting 42.4%.
Morrisville State returns to the court Saturday, with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. against the Chargers.
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.