MARCY, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's basketball team moved into first place in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) North Division standings Saturday afternoon, handing previously conference undefeated SUNY Polytechnic an 85-67 loss on the Wildcats home court in Marcy.
With the win, Morrisville State improves to 9-1 in the NEAC, 11-7 overall, while Poly drops to 12-6 overall, 8-1 in conference action.
Sophomore forward Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) led the Mustangs with 25 points, adding six rebounds, as he shot 10-for-12 from the floor, and perfect from the free throw line, converting all five attempts.
Brison Hall (Syracuse, N.Y.) added 17 as he came off the bench to shoot 70% on the afternoon, while adding three steals and three blocked shots, while Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) closed out the Mustang scoring leaderboard with 11 points.
Kyle Peck (Oneida, N.Y.) had a team high 11 rebounds, adding to his nine points, as Morrisville State edged SUNY Poly 34-29 on the glass.
Poly was led by Kevin Williams who notched the double-double with his game high 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Redell Freeman contributed 19 and Malik Johnson 10.
Both teams battled back and forth through the opening eight minutes of the contest, before an 11-2 run by the Mustangs over the next three minutes gave the visitors the 11 point advantage with 8:18 to go in the first.
A 9-0 offensive spurt extended the lead to 17 for Morrisville State, a lead that SUNY Poly was only able to close to 15 before the end of the half.
Morrisville State dominated the paint 26-16 and took advantage of 11 first half Wildcat miscues, outscoring the hosts 15-6 off turnovers.
In the second half, the Mustangs were able to maintain their significant lead, despite Poly cutting the deficit to 11 late in the contest. A three-point play by Dennis kicked off a 9-0 run by the Mustangs in just over a minutes time, broadening the lead to 20, before wrapping up the day with the 85-67 victory.
Once again Morrisville State dominated play in the paint, 26-10, taking advantage of the power of Dennis, as he chipped in 17 of his game total in the final twenty.
Morrisville State shot a seasons best 56.5% on the day, nailing 35-of-62 shot attempts and was near perfect as a team from the free throw line, converting 13-of-14 attempts.
The Mustangs return to the court Wednesday, hosting Route 20 Rival Cazenovia at 5 p.m.
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.