AURORA, N.Y. – Freshman Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) recorded a near perfect outing Sunday afternoon as he hit 13-of-14 from the floor to lead visiting Morrisville State College men's basketball past host Wells College by a 84-70 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) final in Aurora.
Dennis posted a game high 31 points to go along with seven rebounds and two assists, while hitting 5-of-6 from the free throw line for the Mustangs, who improve to 13-6 overall and 10-3 in conference action.
Three additional Mustangs registered double figures on the day, including Kenny Bonaparte (Soundview, N.Y.) who posted 15, adding three assists. Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) added 13 points off the bench for the Mustangs, while Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) rounded out the Morrisville State scoring leaderboard with 11 points.
Jordan Hoose (Hudson, N.Y.) just missed the double-double, snaring a game high 10 rebounds to go along with nine points, three assists and three steals, as Morrisville State controlled the glass, 38-27 over the hosts.
Morrisville State got a slow start and midway through the opening half trailed the hosts by 10, 21-11, before a three by Ward sparked a 13-2 run to give the visitors the lead for the first time of the afternoon at the 3:54 mark of the first period.
After a jumper by David Dames to regain the one-point advantage for the Express, Morrisville State closed out the half outscoring the hosts 7-5 to carry the 31-30 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Mustangs carried momentum into the second half where they raced out to a 10 point lead early behind back-to-back three's by Miller with 13:12 remaining.
A 7-2 surge by Wells over two minutes time brought the game within five with 7:47 showing on the clock, but Morrisville State quickly regained a double-digit lead, first taking advantage of their perimeter game, before attacking the paint with the play of Dennis and Hoose.
Morrisville State pulled away down the stretch, hitting all eight free throws to collect the 14-point conference win and avenge early January's loss on their home court.
The Mustangs dominated the paint, outscoring the hosts 28-8 inside, while shooting 55.6% from the floor on the day.
Morrisville State returns to the court Wednesday, hosting SUNY Cobleskill at 7 p.m. on the Mustangs home court.
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.