MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Eastern University men's basketball shot nearly 53% from the floor, draining 11 from long range, to down host Morrisville State College by a 96-81 non-conference final Friday night in Morrisville.
The loss drops Morrisville State to 2-3 on the season, and they will look to rebound Sunday as they hit the road to resume conference play at Penn College of Technology.
Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) led all scorers with 20 points on the night, adding seven rebounds and five assists to the Mustang efforts, with teammate Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) chipping in 17, adding seven boards, three on the offensive glass.
Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) rounded out the Morrisville State scoring leaderboard with 13.
Morrisville State edged Eastern in rebounds, 38-37, in part due to the tenacity of freshman Brison Hall (Syracuse, N.Y.) who collected a team high nine, five offensive boards.
An all-around effort by Eastern saw six net double digits, led by Antonio Chapman who posted a team high 17 on 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. Gabe Perez added 16 points and seven boards, while teammate Jordan Johnson posted the double-double behind his 14 point, 10 rebound outing.
Darius Washington netted 13 and teammates Austin Duncan and William Blet each collected 11.
Point guard Anthony Concepcion dished out a team high eight assists, while netting nine.
Morrisville State played nearly even in the second half, outshooting the Eagles 54.8% to 51.6%, and edging Eastern in points, 48-46. The first half deficit, however, proved too much for the Mustangs to overcome as Eastern raced out to a 50-33 halftime lead behind a hot 53.8% effort from the floor that included eight three-pointers.
Morrisville State tips off against Penn College at 12 p.m. Sunday in Williamsport.
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 & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.