MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's basketball team proved too much for visiting Wells College Saturday afternoon, as they cruised to a 97-67 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory over the Express on their home court in Morrisville.
The win pulls the Mustangs even at 4-4 overall, while they remain unbeaten in NEAC play at 3-0. Wells drops to 1-7 to date on the year, 1-2 in the NEAC.
A pair of sophomores paced Morrisville State in the win with their 20+ point outing, including forward Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) who collected a team high 26 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Dennis also added three blocked shots and three steals to his tallies, while teammate Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) racked up 23 points, draining five from beyond the arc, while snagging five rebounds.
Senior Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) also registered a double-double, netting 14 as he hit 4-of-8 from long range, while assisting a career high 10.
As both teams traded scores in the opening two minutes of the contest, a layup by Stefan Marchlewski (Wlocklawek, Poland) sparked a 10-0 Mustang run to open the host lead to 10 five minutes in.
Wells was able to climb within six as David Dames and Rich Ross each hit their shots, but again Morrisville State took to the game in the paint and quick feet of their guard unit, as they went on a 20-2 run over the ensuing six minutes for the 34-10 advantage.
The Express was able to find their offensive rhythm, but Morrisville State matched each attempt to pull any closer as the Mustangs went into the locker room with the significant 51-27 lead at the half.
The Mustangs were able to outgain the visitors 24-10 in the paint in the opening half, gaining an additional 12 points on second chance opportunities and another nine off Express turnovers.
Morrisville State carried the momentum into the second half as Miller drained a three in the opening 16 seconds, and minutes later hit three straight from downtown to open the lead to 29.
After a fourth three by Miller at 12:18 to make it a 33 point advantage in favor of the hosts, Wells rallied to cut the deficit to 27, but that's as close as they would get as the Mustangs utilized a 9-0 spurt to increase their lead to as many as 36 with just under seven minutes showing on the clock.
Ross finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Wells, while Dames added 14 to go along with his 13 rebounds, seven that came on the offensive glass.
Macho DeJesus added 14 points to round out the Express leaderboard.
Morrisville State outgained Wells 47-40 on the glass, and dominated play in the paint, outgaining the visitors 42-28. The Mustangs also shot 47.4% from the floor on the day, nailing 13 from outside, while holding Wells to 38.1%, just six from long range.
The Mustangs return to the floor Saturday, hosting SUNY Canton at 3 p.m. in Morrisville. They wrap up the first semester action Sunday, on the road at Delhi.
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.