MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's basketball team shot a season high 68.8% and registered 61 points in the first half leading the hosts to a 102-74 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory over visiting Penn St. Abington Sunday afternoon in Morrisville.
The win boosts Morrisville State to 13-8 overall on the season, 11-2 in NEAC standings. Abington falls to 8-11, 6-6 in conference play.
Four posted double figures for the Mustangs in the win, including senior Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) who came off the bench to collect a team high 18.
Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) rounded out the Mustang leaderboard with 14 points, nailing 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, and assisting four others.
Abington played within striking distance in the opening half until the 9:32 mark when a three by Ward ignited an 11-3 Morrisville State run to open the contest to a 16 point margin over a three minute span.
Morrisville State closed out the half with a 12-3 spurt, nine points off the hand of Chris DeJean (Canarsie, N.Y.) who hit 4-of-6 from the floor.
The hosts controlled the boards in the first half, outgaining the Nittany Lions 24-9, getting a first half 25 points from its bench play, to lead 61-40 at the break.
In the second, Abington was able to cut the gap to 15 with 12:45 to go in the contest, but the Morrisville State offense proved too strong as they poured in 26 more points to collect the win.
Morrisville State continued their hot shooting in the second half of action, hitting 16-of-30 shots to finish the contest with a 61.3 shooting percentage, and holding Abington to just 38.9% on the day.
They outgained the Nittany Lions 46-20 on the glass, including a 12-5 margin in offensive boards.
Morrisville State returns to the floor Wednesday, hosting cross town rival SUNY Polytechnic at 5 p.m. in Morrisville.
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.