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Morrisville State men open season with overtime loss

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College men’s basketball opened the 2009-10 season with an 87-83 overtime loss to visiting SUNY Canton, Wednesday night in Morrisville.

Canton led 40-33 at the half, before Morrisville State went on an 8-0 run to even the contest midway through the second half.

Back and forth throughout the period, Canton’s Tony Valentin (Calcium, NY) hit a jumper with 1:10 remaining to give Canton the one-point lead and added a free throw with 16 seconds to go for the two point advantage heading into the closing seconds of the contest.

With two-seconds to go, Morrisville State’s Andrew VanDyke (Bronx, NY) hit a lay-up off an inbounds play to force the overtime period.

Canton out scored Morrisville 13-9, hitting two three’s and making 5-of-6 free throws in overtime to claim the non-conference win.

Kyle Gordon (Riverhead, NY) led Morrisville State with 23 points, three assists and four steals as three additional teammates netted double figures on the night; Hodges Sneed (Syracuse, NY) added 18 while grabbing six boards, Garnell Vaughn (Syracuse, NY) chipped in 14, assisting three, and Bryan Eddy (Brooklyn, NY) added 12, grabbing 8 rebounds. VanDyke had six points on the night, snaring seven rebounds and assisting seven.

Valentin led all scorers with 31, assisting nine while grabbing seven boards. Deric Alston (Jacksonville, NC) added 20 points and four boards while Tony Parker (Sodus, NY) chipped in 14 points.

Jeff Grenier (Whitehall, NY) grabbed 11 boards, adding five points to the Canton tallies.

Morrisville State returns to the court Friday, playing Medger Evers College in the first round of the SUNY Oswego Tip-off Tournament at 6 p.m. in Oswego.

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.