Morrisville State men edge Wildcats, 70-67, in the battle of Route 20  

Morrisville State men edge Wildcats, 70-67, in the battle of Route 20  


CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College men's basketball avenged their late January loss to Cazenovia College Tuesday evening, edging the Wildcats 70-67 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Route 20 showdown held in Cazenovia.

The win is the fifth straight for the Mustangs since the January 31 double overtime loss to Cazenovia, boosting their record to 16-8 overall on the season and 14-2 within conference play. The Wildcats drop to 7-16 overall, 6-8 in NEAC action.

Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) led the all-around effort for the Mustangs with 16 points and 11 rebounds, including eight he pulled off the offensive glass, while adding three assists and two steals to the tallies on the night.

Sophomore forward Derek Beames (Otego, N.Y.) added 13 off the bench, to go along with 12 from senior Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.). Brison Hall (Syracuse, N.Y.) completed the Morrisville State leaderboard with 11 points, collecting a double-double with 11 rebounds as well.

Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) snagged 11 rebounds to go along with nine points, as Morrisville State controlled the boards outgaining the Wildcats 49-32 in rebounds.

Jaceary Menes collected a game high 25 points to lead Cazenovia, while teammate Nicholas Filippi added 20, to go along with four assists.

Cazenovia held a 10-point advantage over the Mustangs with 3:07 to go in the opening half before an 8-0 late run that included back to back three's from Miller and Chris DeJean (Canarsie, N.Y.) brought Morrisville State within two heading into the break.

Both rivals played back and forth throughout much of the second half until the 3:41 mark when two free throws from Hall gave the visitors the two-point edge and final lead for the remainder of the contest.

After two free throws by Kyle Peck (Oneida, N.Y.) with 30 seconds remaining, Cazenovia was able to make it a one-point ball game with 22 to go on a three by Lucci Vigliotti, but on the ensuing possession Dennis was sent to the charity line where he hit both for the 70-67 visitor lead.

Cazenovia had one final shot in an effort to tie the game at the buzzer, but the attempt fell short and Morrisville State earned the win.

Morrisville State returns to the court Friday, traveling to Alfred State College for a final non-conference match, and will await tournament seeding as announced by the NEAC office over the weekend.

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