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Wildcats stage second half comeback, defeat Morrisville State 58-54

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting SUNY IT men’s basketball clawed their way back from a 12 point deficit in the second half to top host Morrisville State College 58-54 Friday night in Morrisville.

Morrisville State led by as many as 12 points over the Wildcats for over 31 minutes of play, but couldn’t hold on as SUNY IT clawed their way back with a 23-12 run in the second half to regain the lead with three minutes to go on a lay-up from David Golembiowski (Barneveld, NY).

Seconds later, Golembiowski converted a Morrisville State turnover into a four point advantage for the Wildcats, hitting the three for the 51-47 advantage.

Hodges Sneed (Syracuse, NY) hit 1-of-2 free throws and teammate Garnell Vaughn (Syracuse, NY) converted on a jumper to bring Morrisville State back to within one, but Kevin Cappiello (Youngsville, NY) nailed the shot from behind the arc to regain the four point lead for the Wildcats with 1:32 remaining.

Sneed brought the Mustangs to within two with eight seconds to go, but Cappiello sealed the win for SUNY IT converting two from the line for the 58-54 win.

Floyd Fitzpatrick Thorne (Harlem, NY) led the Wildcats with 17 points and seven boards on the night, hitting 8-of-14 shots from the floor while teammate Golembiowski added 15, 12 in the second half, and eight boards. Cappiello had eight total points, five in the final 1:32 of play.

Morrisville State’s Sneed led all scorers with 21 points while grabbing 11 rebounds as Kyle Gordon (Riverhead, NY) added 14 points and 11 boards to the Mustang tallies. Bryan Eddy (Brooklyn, NY) netted 10 and grabbed eight boards while teammate Andrew Vandyke (Bronx, NY) dished out seven assists.

Morrisville State led 35-25 at the half.

The Mustangs (1-6) return to the court Sunday, January 3rd, hosting Penn State Harrisburg after the holiday break.

SUNY IT (6-1) travels to SUNY Cortland on the 18th.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 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.