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Downing leads Oswego men in 81-72 win over Morrisville State

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Junior Tommy Downing (Staten Island, NY) tallied 26 points, 14 in the second half, to lead the visiting Oswego State men’s basketball team to an 81-72 win over Morrisville State College Friday night in Morrisville.

Four additional Lakers tallied double figures on the night, including Mahamoud Jabbi (Bronx, NY) with 17 off the bench. Nick Perioli (Liverpool, NY) added 14 as teammates Dom White (San Francisco, CA) and Kyle Reuter (Mexico, NY) each contributed ten. Perioli added six assists and White led the Lakers with nine rebounds.

Morrisville State’s Taylor Foster (White Plains, NY) and Wesley Jackson (Utica, NY) each tallied 16 in the loss as teammate Debo Olasokan (Brooklyn, NY) added 13 while dishing out six assists. Foster snagged 15 boards to lead all rebounders on the night.

Morrisville State led 40-39 at the half before Oswego rallied for an early 11-0 run in the second half.

Morrisville State returns to the court Tuesday for the home finale against D’Youville College. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the STUAC gymnasium.

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.