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Wildcats fall to Morrisville men in OT thriller

Release courtesy of Brandon Holt, Cazenovia SID

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – Four players scored in double figures for the Cazenovia College men’s basketball team, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats lost in overtime on senior day to neighbor Morrisville State on Saturday afternoon, 83-30.

Cazenovia (6-17) was in good shape and seemed on their way to victory after grabbing the momentum with 5:13 left in regulation on a pair of free throws by junior Pete Marshall (Warners, NY/West Genesee) that put the Wildcats up, 68-59. From there, Morrisville’s Elonzo Wilson (Syracuse, NY) and Joe McCants (Bronx, NY) took over. The duo combined for all of the Mustangs’ points the rest of the half, as they went on an 11-2 run to close out the game. Cazenovia’s Stephen Harris (Watervliet, NY/Watervliet) had a chance to give the Wildcats the lead as expired, but his three-pointer fell short sending the game to an extra session.

In overtime, the momentum stayed with Morrisville. The Wildcats were within at least four points of the Mustangs the entire period, but could not take the lead. Harris had a chance to send the game into a second overtime, but missed on a three-pointer as time expired.

Senior Jobe Zulu (Ithaca, NY/Cayuga CC) tied fellow senior Erik Sauer (Pennellville, NY/Phoenix) with 18 points to lead Cazenovia. Zulu also grabbed 14 boards to pace the Wildcats on the glass. Harris ended the game with 11 points, while Marshall notched a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four blocks.

Morrisville held a 57-51 advantage on the boards and outscored the Wildcats in the paint, 50-40. The Mustangs nabbed 23 offensive rebounds for the game and earned 27 second-chance points in the process. Morrisville also turned 19 giveaways by Cazenovia into 23 points.

Elonzo edged out McCants in the scoring column with a 24-point effort to lead Morrisville. He also grabbed 11 rebounds. McCants scored 23 and pulled down a game-high 15 boards. Three other players scored 10 or more points for the Mustangs (3-19).

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