WILLIAMSPORT, PA – The Morrisville State College men's basketball team picked up their second North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory of the season Sunday afternoon as their balanced team effort resulted in a 78-57 win over host Penn College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
With the win, the Mustangs pull their overall record even to 3-3, and improve to 2-0 within NEAC play. Penn College drops to 1-7 overall, 0-3 within conference action.
Four recorded double figures for the Mustangs, including senior guard Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) who led all scorers with 15 points, hitting three from beyond the arc. Sophomore's Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) and Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) each contributed 11, while Derek Beames (Otego, N.Y.) netted 10.
Morrisville State dominated the glass, out rebounding Penn College 47-29, with junior Kyle Peck (Oneida, N.Y.) reining in 12, while adding nine points to his tallies on the day. Brison Hall (Syracuse, N.Y.) added nine.
Penn College was led by Diyel Stewart who notched 11, with teammate Ryan Lockman adding eight. Jesse White led the efforts on the glass with 10, five offensive boards.
Morrisville State led 33-23 at the break, collecting 15 points off turnovers and 20 total as they attacked the paint, while shooting 42.4% from the floor.
Early in the second, Penn College was able to close the gap to seven, but a three by Miller sparked an 18-3 run by the Mustangs to widen the margin to 20 just five minutes into the period.
After Miller's three, Ward hit back to back buckets from beyond the arc, and added a layup before Miller hit another tre to make it a 47-27 game. Miller and Ward shot a combined 6-for-9 from the floor in the second half, draining two three's each, for a total 18 points.
The Mustangs led by as many as 32 midway through the contest, rolling to the conference victory.
Morrisville State returns to the court Wednesday, traveling to nearby Utica College for a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Utica.
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.