AURORA, N.Y. – Five from visiting Morrisville State College netted double figures as they collected an 88-78 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory Saturday afternoon over host Wells College on the road in Aurora.
The win is the fourth straight for the Mustangs who improve to 15-8 on the season, and boast a 13-2 NEAC record to complete the series sweep. Wells falls to 7-16, 5-9 in conference play.
Senior Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) and sophomore Derek Beames (Otego, N.Y.) each registered 18 points on the afternoon to lead the Morrisville State efforts, Ward collecting a double-double with 10 added rebounds, while assisting three and contributing three steals. Beames was 7-for-11 from the floor, and added six boards as well, assisting the Mustangs to a 33-31 advantage on the glass.
Brison Hall (Syracuse, N.Y.) added 13 points while teammate Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) had a near perfect shooting effort for 12 points, hitting 5-of-6. Stefan Marchlewski (Wloclawek, Poland) rounded out the balanced effort with 11 points, adding a team high four assists in the victory.
Both teams played to a back and forth opening half until Morrisville State put together a 6-0 spurt in the final 1:34 of the contest to claim the 39-34 advantage at the break.
They carried the momentum over to the second half where they opened with a three from Ward to kick off a 7-2 spurt to open the contest to a 10-point lead, one that increased to 16 a mere three minutes into the final period.
Morrisville State increased their lead to as many as 23 midway through the half, before Wells stormed back and put together a 20-5 run, cutting the lead to eight with 1:05 to go on the clock.
Unfortunately for the Express, their offense stalled and Morrisville State went on to hit 5-of-6 free throws over a 30 second span, widening the gap to 12 en route to the conference win.
The Mustangs return to the court Tuesday, traveling to Cazenovia in a battle of Route 20. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Cazenovia.
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.