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Morrisville State men's basketball opens season with 75-71 loss

CLINTON, N.Y.­ – Trailing 37-41 at the half, Morrisville State battled to gain their first lead of the game within minutes of the start of the second, but couldn’t hold on as Pitt-Bradford pulled away in the final stretch, giving the Mustangs the 75-71 loss Friday evening in the first round of the Hamilton College tip-off tournament in Clinton.

Junior forward Joe McCants (Bronx, NY/Harry Truman) led the Mustangs with 15 points on the night, hitting 6-of-7 from the floor, while grabbing six rebounds. Senior guard Dodrick Spencer (Brooklyn, NY/William Grady) tallied 13 points, snagging a team high eight boards.

Justin Rivers (New York, NY/St. Raymond) came off the bench and hit three tre’s to add nine points to the Mustangs efforts.

Zach Moore led Pitt-Bradford with 16 points and ten boards, his first double-double of the season.

Morrisville State returns to the court tomorrow afternoon against the loser of the Hamilton College-Medgar Evers game. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. on the Hamilton College campus.

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.