MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) office released its 2017-18 Men's Basketball All-Conference teams today, naming Morrisville State sophomore forward Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) to its first team and senior guard Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) to its second team, as voted by conference coaches.
Dennis led Morrisville State in scoring, collecting 402 points in 25 games during the regular season, starting 24. The sophomore averaged 24.8 minutes playing time per game and across the season added 219 rebounds, 82 on the offensive glass, 24 assists, 23 steals and 23 blocked shots to his tallies, while shooting 52.8 percent from the floor and 74.6 percent from the free throw line.
Dennis, an all-conference first team selection and NEAC rookie of the year in 2017, ranks overall in the NEAC in nine different categories in the top 10, including sixth in field goals made, eighth in field goal percentage, fifth in free throw percentage, third in offensive rebounds, fifth in defensive rebounds, third overall rebounds, fourth in rebounds per game, ninth in points and 10th in points per game.
He posted a single game high 31 points this season at Utica College, and 15 times was above his scoring average in points. He collected 10 double-doubles this season, including a single game high 18 rebounds against Cazenovia to go along with his 24 points.
The sophomore also ranks 42nd overall in Division III in double-doubles.
Ward capped off the regular season as the all-time scoring leader in Mustang history averaging 13.8 points per game across 24 games played and 21 starts.
The senior hit 51 from long range, and went 55-for-64 from the free throw line, while collecting 77 rebounds, dishing out 50 assists, adding 38 steals and five blocked shots to his tallies.
Ward ranks 11th overall in the NEAC in 3-point field goal percentage, 2rd in free throw percentage, is 14th in steals and 21st in points. A two-time NEAC All-Conference selection and NEAC Rookie of the Year selection, he posted a single game high 22 against Cobleskill and recorded two double-doubles this season, both against Wells where he had 14 points and 10 assists, followed by 18 points, 10 rebounds.
Four times on the season he posted 20+ points.
Morrisville State handed rival Cazenovia a first round defeat to advance to the NEAC semifinals of the championship tournament. The Mustangs meet SUNY Poly at 4 p.m. Saturday at host, Lancaster Bible College.
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.