SWEET 16 AGAIN! MORRISVILLE STATE 86 HOBART 75-NCAA D 3 HOOPS
BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s basketball team is heading back to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for a second straight year, ousting Liberty League Champion Hobart College with an 86-75 decision in the second round of tournament action held at Brockport.
The win is the fourth all-time for the Mustangs in NCAA tournament play, all posted in two years. They enter the next round with a 21-8 overall record, and will meet Richard Stockton on March 14, who pulled an 85-76 upset over Cabrini earlier tonight.
Senior Brandon Hanks (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the Morrisville State charge, posting 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, adding four assists, while teammate Tom Wilk (Cortland, N.Y.) dominated the paint with 14 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight tournament double-double.
Jordan Prior (Cortland, N.Y.) posted 13 points, hitting 3-for-3 from long range, and Jailaan Kinsey (Syracuse, N.Y.) 11 points, adding four assists, as nine total Mustangs contributed to the win.
Richie Bonney led the Statesmen with 24 points, while three additional teammates posted double figures in the losing effort. Joe Gibbons had 19 and assisted another six, while Connor Rehbaum added 15 and four assists. Trey Blanding contributed 12 and had four assists.
Morrisville State, after finding its offensive fire during the marathon the night before, hit 56.0% from the floor on the night, and drained 7-of-11 from beyond the arc (63.6%) while going near perfect from the free throw line as they converted 23-of-24 attempts.
The Mustangs held a 42-35 lead at the break behind a 9-2 run over the final 3:13 of the opening half.
Hobart battled back and traded the lead with Morrisville State until the 13:52 mark when Ater hit a floater in the paint sparking a 9-3 Mustang run to regain a seven point lead with 9:08 to go.
Bonney got the Statesmen within two nailing a one from downtown, but Prior quickly responded with a tre of his own and hit another moments later giving the Mustangs an eight point cushion with just over five minutes to go.
Wilk gave the Mustangs a 10-point lead on the ensuing possession, but Hobart nailed another three, and added two free throws after a Morrisville State turnover to make it a five point game with 2:06 remaining.
Hobart forced Morrisville State to earn the win from the line in the final two minutes of the game, of which the Mustangs converted all 12 of their attempts to secure the win and advance to the next round.
The Mustangs bench came up big on the night, contributing 24 total points to the effort. Morrisville State dominated the glass, 36-19, capitalizing with 19 points on second chance opportunities.
Morrisville State is the second team in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) to reach the sectional round, the first in back-to-back seasons. This is the third time a conference team will appear in the Sweet 16 round in five years.
Information for the next round will be announced once it is made available.
Just less than a week after one of the most incredible comeback wins in school history, The College at Brockport Men’s Basketball team was on the other end of a comeback as Morrisville recovered from a 20-point deficit in the second half to win an 83-80 triple overtime thriller Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament in Jim and John Vlogianitis Gymnasium in Brockport.
Brockport (24-4) led 36-18 at halftime but surrendered 44 points in the second half as Morrisville (20-8) came all the way back to tie the score at 62-62 forcing the first overtime session.
A Mustang 3-pointer with a minute left in the first overtime tied the score again at 69-69 and Brockport missed two shots in the last minute as the teams headed into the second overtime period.
The Golden Eagles led 74-73 with two minutes left in the second overtime but Morrisville regained the lead with 1:40 remaining with a jumper and a free throw by Brandon Caruthers(Rochester, NY/East) tied the game again at 75-75. Brockport had a shot with two seconds left but missed and the teams headed to a rare third overtime.
Freshman Clifton Lyerly (Inwood, NY/Lawrence) hit a 10-foot jumper to tie the game at 77-77 with 3:11 left and senior Bobby Bell (Rochester, NY/East) drained a long 3-pointer to tie it again at 80-80. Morrisville took a two-point lead with 45 seconds left and after three missed shots for Brockport, Morrisville finally came down with a rebound and sealed the victory with a free throw at the other end of the court.
Morrisville advances to play Hobart who defeated Scranton 94-81 earlier in the night in Brockport. The Morrisville-Hobart game will be at 7 pm Saturday in Brockport.
Brockport had four players in double-digit scoring led by Lyerly who finished with a game-high 23 points. Caruthers scored 13 points, Matt Lee (Ballston Lake, NY/Shenendehowa) added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Patrick Coyle (North Chili, NY/Bishop Kearney) finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Brockport had all the momentum after the first 20 minutes of action fueled by a near capacity crowd of 2,000 fans. Lyerly hit a layup 27 seconds into the second half to give the Golden Eagles a 20-point lead at 38-18. Morrisville chipped away at the lead and trailed by 15 at 42-27 with 13:52 on the clock.
Coyle hit a free throw for a 16-point lead but Morrisville ran off the next six straight points to trim the lead to 10 points with 12:04 left.
Brockport regained the momentum over the next five minutes and led by 15 at 54-39 with seven minutes left. A 13-4 run by the Mustangs over the next 3:30 cut the lead all the way down to six points with 3:31 to play.
Lyerly hit a pair of free throws at the 2:38 mark for an eight-point Brockport lead but Morrisville scored the final eight points of the half to tie the score at 62-62 to force the overtime periods.
Congratulations to the Mustangs from My Hometown Sports, and good luck in the Big Dance! Jordan Prior Tourney MVP. Prior scored 16 points in today’s final.
MUSTANG MEN NEAC CHAMPS BEAT LANCASTER 73-65!! REPLAY READY
LANCASTER, Pa. – The defending North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) champions made it a third straight title Sunday afternoon, as Morrisville State College topped number one seeded Lancaster Bible 73-65 in Lancaster to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament.
The Mustangs are the first team in the NEAC’s 10-year history to win the championship three times, and in three consecutive years. The win has Morrisville State entering the NCAA selection show, scheduled Monday afternoon at 12:30, with a 19-8 overall record.
Tournament most valuable player honors went to senior guard Jordan Prior (Cortland, N.Y.) who for a second straight day in the tourney led Morrisville State to a win behind his team high 16 points. Prior dumped 26 on Abington to lead the Mustang charge in the semifinal round Saturday evening.
Prior added three assists and a steal to his tallies on the day while Kucjok Ater (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Tom Wilk (Cortland, N.Y.) proved to be a challenge for the Chargers inside, as they combined for 25 points and 16 rebounds. Wilk added a team high four blocks to his tallies.
Brandon Hanks (Syracuse, N.Y.) added nine points to go along with his team high 10 rebounds, dishing out three assists and stealing another three, while teammate Will Thomas (Morrisville, N.Y.) came off the bench to contribute nine points in the winning effort.
Albert Suniga netted 30 points on 8-of-10 from beyond the arc, while teammate CJ Dunston added 10 points and five rebounds.
Morrisville State picked up where they left off the day prior, hitting 48.6% from the floor in the first half, including draining 7-of-18 from long range to build up a 42-23 halftime lead.
The Mustangs took advantage of a rough Lancaster Start, building up a 24-7 lead nearly nine minutes in before racking up as many as a 19 point lead behind an overall 18 point collection in the paint and 10 point accumulation on Charger miscues in the first half.
In the second, Morrisville State posted a 23 point lead at the 11:49 mark on a three by Thomas, but Lancaster turned the tables and put together a 24-8 run over the ensuing eight minutes to make it a seven point game with 2:47 to go.
Morrisville State was able to withstand the late Lancaster Bible surge, converting 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch to secure the title win.
The Mustangs hit 24-of-53 shots from the floor on the day (45.3%) and went 7-for-17 from beyond the arc, as they held Lancaster to just 33.3% in shooting from the floor (22-of-66 shots).
Morrisville State will await bracket selection, scheduled tomorrow for 12:30 on ncaasports.com.
LANCASTER, Pa. –
Senior Jordan Prior (Cortland, N.Y.) matched a collegiate high 26 points to pace second seeded Morrisville State College men’s basketball to a 91-72 victory over third seed Penn St. Abington Saturday afternoon in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) semifinal tournament action in Lancaster.
The win advances Morrisville State (18-8) to the NEAC finals for the third straight season, and they look to make it a three-peat as they face top seeded, and host, Lancaster Bible College tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Prior collected 22 of his 26 points in the first half, leading the pack that saw four additional players notch double figures.
Jailaan Kinsey (Syracuse, N.Y.) added 16 points, 10 of which came in the second half, including back-to-back buckets that regained a double digit lead for the Mustangs as Abington was threatening to post a comeback. Kinsey added five rebounds, three assists and two steals to his tallies.
Kucjok Ater (Syracuse, N.Y.) had 12 points and five rebounds, while teammates Brandon Hanks (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Tom Wilk (Cortland, N.Y.) rounded out the leaderboard with 11 and 10, respectively.
Hanks posted a double-double, snaring a team high 13 rebounds while dishing out four assists and stealing two.
Wilk also added four assists to his tallies, while teammate Sherard King (Bronx, N.Y.) helped the Mustangs control the boards 47-33, with 12 of his own.
Mike Marvin led Abington with 23 points, as teammate Avery Barnes contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds to the losing effort.
Nisiar Smith added 14, and Max Alton 12 to round out the Nittany Lion leaders.
Both teams played relatively close in the opening half, but three straight long balls from Prior and Kinsey midway through opened the Mustang lead to 11, with 12 minutes to go in the first period.
Abington was able to make it a four point game with 3:25 to go, but Morrisville State went on a 10-0 run to close out the half, and head into the locker room with a 51-37 advantage.
The Mustangs had hot shooting in the first half, hitting 47.4% from the floor on 18-of-38 shots, and was 5-for-7 (71.4%) from beyond the arc, while converting 10-of-12 from the free throw line.
Abington normally controls the offensive glass against opponents, but this time it was Morrisville State, who had 11 of their points come on second chance opportunities in the opening stanza, holding the 6-3 edge in offensive boards.
In the second, the Mustangs continued where they left off and built up a 19 point lead with 12 minutes to go, but a 15-3 Abington run cut it to nine with 6:41 to go
Back-to-back jumpers by Kinsey in the paint ended Morrisville State’s scoring drought and regained the double figure lead that proved too much for the Nittany Lions to overcome as the Mustangs collected the win.
Morrisville State capitalized off 11 Abington miscues alone in the second half with 14 additional points, 22 total on the day.
The two-time defending NEAC champions will meet Lancaster Bible for a third time on the season, with a championship title and trip to the NCAA Championship Tournament on the line.
They split the regular season action, dropping a 57-59 decision to the Chargers in Lancaster on December 7, before posting the 94-86 victory on the Mustangs home court on February 7.
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – For the fourth straight season, Morrisville State College men’s basketball enters post-season play, securing the second overall seed in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) tournament.
The defending two-time champions will meet third seed Penn St. Abington in the second semi-final on Saturday, Mar. 1 at 4 p.m. on the campus of host, Lancaster Bible College.
The Chargers will face the winner of Penn St. Berks and Cobleskill on Saturday in the first of the semi’s scheduled at 2 p.m.
If you plan on attending, tickets for the game are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
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MORRISVILLE, N.Y. –
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its 2013-14 men’s basketball championship tournament pairings, with the defending two-time champions Morrisville State College earning the second seed.
Lancaster Bible claimed the regular season title with a 14-2 conference record, earning the right to host the tournament on Saturday, March 1st and Sunday, March 2nd.
The Chargers only losses within conference play came via Gallaudet and the Mustangs during the regular season.
The top seed Chargers will face the winner of fourth seed SUNY Cobleskill (9-7) and fifth seed Penn State Berks (7-9) in the first semi-final scheduled on Saturday at 2. Cobleskill and Berks faceoff Friday night at 7 p.m. in Lancaster.
Morrisville State (12-4) will face third seed Penn St. Abington (11-5) for a third time on the year in the second semi-final, scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Mustangs split with the Nittany Lions during the regular season, falling 80-73 at Abington, before capturing the 98-91 victory in the season finale on the Mustangs home court to earn the second seed.
Additional tournament information will be announced once it is made available.
SENIORS CELEBRATE THEIR DAY WITH WIN OVER ABINGTON
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. –
The Morrisville State College men’s basketball team toppled visiting Penn St. Abington Saturday afternoon by a 98-91 final, as the senior class lead the way in their final game on the Mustang court to collect the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory.
Morrisville State improved to 17-8 overall, 13-5 in NEAC play, while the Nittany Lions dropped to 14-11, 11-7 in conference action.
The seven member senior class each posted eight or more points in the high scoring affair, including Jordan Prior(Cortland, N.Y.) who led the way with 20, while dishing out seven assists.
Tom Wilk (Cortland, N.Y.) added 19 in dominating force in the post, registering three assists and three steals, as teammate Brandon Hanks (Syracuse, N.Y.) hit 4-of-6 long balls for 15 points, and added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Sherard King (Bronx, N.Y.) saved his best performance of his career for the finale in front of the Mustang home crowd, posting his first collegiate double-double behind an 11 point, 10 rebound performance. Jailaan Kinsey (Syracuse, N.Y.) also notched 11, while teammates Kucjok Ater (Syracuse, N.Y.) andAnthony Betances (Harlem, N.Y.) added nine and eight points, respectively.
Avery Barnes and Max Alton led the Nittany Lion efforts with 16 points each, with Barnes controlling the glass for the visitors with 10. Kyle Garrett and Kevin Cooper each added 11 in the losing efforts, with Mike Marvin rounding out the leaders with 10.
Morrisville State posted their highest point total of the season in the contest, collecting 50 in the opening half behind 48.6% shooting on 17-of-35 shots from the floor.
The Mustangs led by as many as 11 midway through the first period before Abington had a 7-0 burst to make it a four point game with 8:48 to go before the break. Just over five minutes later, Abington was able to pull within one, but Morrisville State went on a 10-4 run over the final 3:31 to take a 50-43 lead into intermission.
Abington was able to make it a three point game at the 16:24 mark on a layup by Barnes, but the Mustangs again went on a 10-4 burst, regaining a nine point advantage on the visitors.
A layup by King at 7:52 gave Morrisville State the 13 point lead, which Abington chipped away at, but wasn’t able to pull any closer than five as the Mustangs secured the win making key free throws down the stretch, including three by Betances in the final 26 seconds of the contest.
Morrisville State hit 29-of-61 shots on the day (47.5%) and was 9-for-19 from beyond the arc, while nailing a season high 31-of-41 opportunities from the charity stripe.
With the regular season at an end, Morrisville State finished second overall in the NEAC standings, advancing to the postseason tournament for the fourth straight year, where they will look to defend their tournament title. The playoff bracket will officially be announced by the conference office once all regular season play has concluded.
Prior to the contest, Morrisville State honored its senior class of Betances, Kinsey, Prior, Hanks, Ater, King and Wilk. The group is one of the most successful classes in NCAA basketball history at Morrisville State, together combining for a 71-36 overall record, 40-14 in the past two years, and has claimed two regular season and two NEAC Tournament Championship titles, while making back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament.