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Morrisville State men's basketball opens season Saturday

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s basketball team will open its 2008-09 season campaign Saturday night, hosting Clarkson University at 7 p.m. in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities Gymnasium (STUAC).

Fifth season head coach Brian Murphy (Hamilton ’99) believes that despite youth and inexperience, if the team continues to work hard they could surprise a few teams this season. One of the immediate challenges the Mustangs will face, however, is the loss of four of five leading scorers from last season.

Senior Joe McCants (Bronx, NY) and junior Garnell Vaughn (Syracuse, NY) return to the front court for the Mustangs, both seeing significant playing time last season. McCants averaged 6.6 points and 5.6 boards for Morrisville State in 24 games while Vaughn contributed, on average, 3.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Murphy will look to newcomers Kenneth Jamison (Syracuse, NY) and Elonzo Wilson (Syracuse, NY) to make an immediate impact to the backcourt this season. Jamison, a 6-2 guard from Corcoran High, was an All-CNY selection last year. Wilson will add depth at the point guard position, having started a season for Fowler.

With ten of the first 12 games on the road, Morrisville State may experience growing pains early, facing two teams immediately that advanced to the NCAA tournament last season, including Clarkson.

Morrisville State will play a complete SUNYAC schedule within the Western Division of the conference, including a match-up against last year’s conference champion, SUNY Plattsburgh. Non-conference games include a tournament at Susquehanna University early in the season and games against Wells College, Hamilton College, Mount Saint Vincent and Route 20 rival, Cazenovia College.

The Mustangs open SUNYAC play at home, Tuesday, December 2nd against SUNY New Paltz.

The complete roster and schedule can be found online at http://athletics.morrisville.edu.


Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. 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 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. 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 offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.