LANCASTER, Pa. – Four different players posted double figures as visiting Morrisville State College men's basketball handed reigning North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Champion Lancaster Bible College by a 86-73 final score Friday night in Lancaster.
Morrisville State (8-4, 5-1 NEAC) was led by sophomore guard Kenny Bonaparte (Soundview, N.Y.) who collected a team high 21 points behind a 14-for-17 shooting performance from the free throw line, while teammate Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) posted his seventh double-double performance of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) nailed 3-of-5 from long range as he netted a game total 18 points to do along with three assists and three steals, as Kyle Peck (Oneida, N.Y.) rounded out the Mustang leaderboard with 11 points and three steals.
Morrisville State held a 40-32 advantage at the half, capitalizing on eight Charger turnovers for 13 points, before using a 6-0 offensive attack over a minutes time early in the second to jump out to a 12 point lead.
Lancaster Bible rallied with eight straight points to cut the Mustang lead to just four, but Morrisville State matched each Charger bucket, including 10 straight points by Bonaparte, to maintain the slight advantage over the hosts for a majority of the half.
The Mustangs put together a 12-4 run with less than five to go in the period, increasing their cushion to 12, before closing out the contest by outscoring Lancaster Bible 10-5 over the final 1:21 of the contest.
Morrisville State outgained the Chargers 35-26 on the glass, while shooting 57.1% from the floor on 24-of-42 shots, to Lancaster Bible's 39.1% effort.
The Mustangs return to the road tomorrow, making a stop at Penn State Berks for a 3 p.m. NEAC tip-off.
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.