MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College men's basketball pulled off the stunning upset Sunday afternoon as they topped visiting Gallaudet University 96-90 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action in Morrisville, handing the Bison their first loss within conference play to date on the season.
Gallaudet, who entered the contest on a nine-game win streak, drop to 15-4 overall, 13-1 in conference play. Morrisville State ups their record to 11-5 overall, 8-2 in NEAC action, and await a rematch with SUNY Polytechnic on Wednesday on the Mustangs home court.
Morrisville State's success, in part, was from their contributions received off the bench, as they outscored the Bison 40-11 in bench play.
Guard Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) came off the bench for the Mustangs and had a near perfect performance, as he lead all scorers with a collegiate best 30 points on the day, nailing 8-of-9 shots from beyond the arc.
Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) added 19, and teammate Kenny Bonaparte (Soundview, N.Y.) 17 to go along with seven rebounds and three assists, while Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) rounded out the Mustang scoring leaderboard with 11.
Derek Beames (Otego, N.Y.) snared 12 off the glass to lead the Mustangs on the boards, giving the hosts the 46-39 edge over Gallaudet on the day.
Noah Valencia led the Bison efforts with 28 points behind six three's, while teammates Raymond Nelson and Andy Cruz added 2 and 19, respectively, in the loss.
Morrisville State was able to battle to a back-and-forth opening half with the hot hand of Miller who posted 17 in the opening period including two from beyond the arc in the closing minute, and carried the one-point advantage into the locker room at the break, 46-45.
Morrisville State maintained a slim lead for much of the second half, increasing it to as many as nine, before Gallaudet, much like the first half, battled back to make it a single point game with six minutes to go on the clock.
A three by Miller at 5:42 sparked a 14-2 run for the Mustangs over the next four minutes of play, as they regained a 13-point advantage.
Valencia posted back-to-back buckets from long range to spark a Bison comeback attempt, cutting the lead to nine, before a dunk and then a three from Nelson made it a four-point ball game with just five second showing in regulation.
Miller closed out the contest for the Mustangs with two straight free throws on the ensuing host possession, giving Morrisville State the 96-90 final victory over the visitors.
Morrisville State, who struggled with the inside game throughout the day, doubled up Gallaudet in the paint in the second half, 20-10, and got 19 points off the bench in the win.
The Mustangs tip-off against SUNY Poly Wednesday, at 7 p.m. in Morrisville.
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.