Dennis, Ward named NEAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference

Dennis, Ward named NEAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2016-17 All-Conference selections for men's basketball, naming Morrisville State freshman forward Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) and junior guard Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) to its first and second teams, respectively.

Dennis was a force for the Mustangs in the post position, starting 22 of 25 games at forward and powering his way to a season of 490 points and 274 rebounds.

His efforts in the post have led Morrisville State back to the NEAC tournament as he averaged 19.6 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game. Dennis posted a single game high 31 points twice on the season, once against Utica College and a second time against Wells College. He also registered a single game best 19 rebounds against SUNY Polytechnic.

The freshman has recorded 16 double-doubles on the year, ranking 10th in all of Division III. He holds several top five rankings within the NEAC, including 3rd in field goals (185), 2nd in field goal percentage (61.3), fourth in free throws (120), 1st in offensive rebounds (128), 3rd in defensive rebounds (146), 1st in overall rebounds (274), 1st in rebounds per game (11.0), and fourth in points (490).

He also ranks 6th in blocks (28) and points per game (19.6). Dennis also holds several rankings within the NCAA, including 26th in field goal percentage, 3rd in offensive rebounds per game, 21st in rebounds per game and 23rd in rebounds.

His efforts have led to two ECAC Rookie of the Week selections and a NEAC Player of the Week honor.

Ward was a steady force again for the Mustangs in his junior season, ranking second on the team in scoring with an average of 13.5 points per game, starting all 25 games.

His efforts led to a season total 373 points and 40 steals. Ward shot 39.1% from long range, ranking eighth overall in the conference, draining 66 of 169 attempts from beyond the arc to rank fifth. He also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (83.3%) and is 11th in steals and ranks 15th in points scored.

Throughout the season the junior was a consistent offensive threat, both in the perimeter game and on the drive. Ward posted a single game high 32 points against Geneseo, 21 against Wells College within conference play.

He was the 2014-15 NEAC Rookie of the Year, and 2015-16 Second Team All-Conference selection at guard.

Morrisville State made their second straight appearance in the NEAC Tournament on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round, defeating Wells College 76-73, to advance to the semifinals on Saturday against top seeded Gallaudet University.

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