MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville Sate College men's basketball team used a collective team effort Friday night to hand visiting Penn State Abington the 87-72 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) loss in Morrisville.
Eleven Mustangs contributed to the win, as they improve to 18-6 to date on the season, 14-3 in conference play, with just one regular season game remaining.
Kenny Bonaparte (Soundview, N.Y.) collected 15 points in the win for Morrisville State, dishing out five assists, while teammate Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) added 14 points to go along with 12 rebounds in 16 minutes of play.
Jordan Hoose (Hudson, N.Y.) netted 13, adding two steals, two blocked shots and two assists on the night, with Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) and Derek Beames (Otego, N.Y.) rounding out the Mustang leader board with 12 points apiece.
Abington (9-15, 8-11 NEAC) opened with the first five points of the night and maintained the single digit lead until a three by Bonaparte midway through the first gave Morrisville State their first lead of the contest.
After a game tying three by Abington's Don Sloan at 8:11, Morrisville State went on a 15-2 run to open the contest up to a 13 point host advantage with three to go in the period, before maintaining the double digit lead to carry a 44-34 lead into the break.
Morrisville State capitalized on Abington miscues in the first, notching 14 points off Nittany Lion turnovers, while taking advantage of play off the bench as they outscored the visitors 24-6.
Sloan brought Abington to within seven on the first possession of the second half, but again Morrisville State turned Nittany Lion turnovers into points as they posted the next seven points for the 14 point lead just three minutes in.
The Mustangs increased their lead to as many as 23 with seven minutes remaining, and maintained the double digit advantage for the remainder of the contest to collect the win.
Morrisville State dominated the paint in the second half, outscoring Abington 30-14, while converting 18-of-31 shots from the floor (58.1%).
In total, the Mustangs hit 56.7% from the floor on the night, including 8-of-18 from long range (44.4%), while limiting Abington to 39.4% as they hit 26-of-66 shots. Morrisville State also edged the Nittany Lions on the glass, 38-34.
Morrisville State returns to the court tomorrow, hosting Bryn Athyn College at 3 p.m. Prior to the contest, the senior class will be recognized.
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.