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Morrisville State men's basketball has high expectations for 2007-08 season

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State head men’s basketball coach Brian Murphy enters his fourth season (45-37) as the Mustangs enter 2007 with high expectations, while looking to establish Morrisville State within the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). The Mustangs finished last season with a 7-18 overall record.

“Through hard work and team chemistry we will be able to be competitive within the SUNYAC,” Murphy stated, “they’ve worked extremely hard this pre-season and have high expectations for the up-coming season”.

The Mustangs 2007-2008 schedule will feature a complete SUNYAC schedule playing within the western division of the SUNYAC, including nationally ranked SUNY Brockport and Plattsburgh State (last year SUNYAC Champion). Non-conference games include two tournaments, the Hamilton College tip-off classic and Regis College classic, along with local rival Cazenovia College.

The Mustangs return nine players including seniors Dodrick Spencer (Brooklyn, NY/William Grady) who led the team with 15.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and Adebowale Olasokan (Brooklyn, NY/Boys & Girls) who contributed 10.2 points per game. Coach Murphy believes Spencer and Olasokan are as good as any backcourt that the Mustangs will play this year. Both combined for 169 assists and 84 steals to lead the Mustangs last season.

“Terrell Armstead (Flushing, NY/Martin VanBuren) and Joe McCants (Bronx, NY/Harry S. Truman) worked extremely hard in the off-season and will be significant contributors to the teams success”, says Coach Murphy. Armstead averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore, while McCants averaged 7.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season for the Mustangs.

Spencer, Olasokan, Armstead, and McCants will be accompanied by freshman guard Welsey Jackson (Utica, NY/Proctor).

Jackson will assist Spencer and Olasokan and maintain a solid scoring performance. Jackson averaged 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists per game for Proctor High School and leading the team to a Section III AA title his senior year.

The Mustangs are ready for a difficult schedule in their second season within the NCAA. They open their season on Friday at the Hamilton College tip-off tournament in Clinton. Their 2007 home opener is scheduled for Friday, November 30 at 8 p.m. against nationally ranked (16) Plattsburgh State.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.