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Men’s basketball nets 77-75 overtime win over Wildcats

Written by: Heather Foster, Sports Information Student Assistant
MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– After a five-minute overtime period, sophomore Kyle Gordon (Riverhead, N.Y.) netted a tie-breaking layup at the buzzer, giving the Mustangs a 77-75 victory over the visiting Cazenovia Wildcats, and an overall record of 7-16.

The Mustangs tipped-off to a rough start, dropping by five to the Wildcats in the first three minutes. At 13:31 in the first, Gordon hit a three-pointer assisted by senior Andrew VanDyke (Bronx, N.Y.), making it 9-9.

The Wildcats answered with a three-point basket from Bryant Winans (Afton, N.Y.) with an assist from Darnell Sampson (Syracuse, N.Y.) to regain the lead.

With a minute left in the first half, Bryan Eddy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) put down two layups, followed by another from VanDyke, giving the Mustangs a three-point lead at halftime.

At the start of the second half, Cazenovia’s Cameron Smith (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) shortened the Morrisville lead by two, with assist from Matt Vescio (Fulton, N.Y.). At 12:56, Gordon tallied another three-pointer for the Mustangs, giving them a seven-point lead over the Wildcats.

Andrew Jensen (Endicott, N.Y.) added two layups for the Wildcats, putting them ahead again by two with 54 seconds remaining. With 42 seconds left on the clock, Eddy grabbed an offensive rebound and took it to the basket for two, pushing the game into overtime.

After four minutes of overtime-play, the Mustangs trailed by a basket. With 13 seconds left, Eddy stepped to the line for the Mustangs, netting both of his foul shots and tying the game at 75-75. Just as it looked like another over-time was up ahead, Gordon netted a layup from VanDyke, giving the Mustangs a two-point win.

Ron Tarver (Utica, N.Y.) put up big numbers in today’s game, scoring 18 for the Mustangs, while Gordon tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds. Brandon Henry (Bronx, N.Y.) had 11 points and 10 rebounds along with Eddy and Larry Bowers (Inwood, N.Y.) both netting 10 points apiece.

Today’s win over Cazenovia positions Morrisville State to possibly host a post-season playoff game. Official seeding will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 20.

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.