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Abington advances to NEAC Championship quarterfinal round with 77-74 overtime victory over Morrisville State men

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – William Alton (Hopewell Valley, NJ) scored eight of his total 24 points in the overtime period to lift visiting ninth seed Penn State Abington men’s basketball to the 77-74 conference victory over eighth seed Morrisville State College Tuesday night in Morrisville.

Morrisville State opened the contest with an 11-0 run over the first six minutes of the game before Alton hit a three to put the Nittany Lions on the board. Abington chipped away at the Mustangs lead throughout the remainder of the first half and took their first lead with 3:20 to go for the 27-23 advantage at halftime.

In the second, Morrisville State led by as many as seven, but again, Abington wouldn’t go away as they regained the one point advantage with less than six minutes remaining in the contest.

Exchanging leads throughout the final minutes of the game, Morrisville State’s Hodges Sneed (Syracuse, NY) hit the second of two free throw attempts with eight seconds to go to send the game into the overtime period.

In overtime, Morrisville State’s Andrew VanDyke (Bronx, NY) forced an Abington turnover and hit the back end of two free throws to cut the Lions lead to one with 16 seconds to go, but Alton hit 2-of-4 free throws over the final seconds to secure the play-off win for Abington.

Corey Curtis (Philadelphia, PA) led all scorers with 34 on the night, adding six rebounds, three steals and three assists for Abington as Alton chipped in 24, with six boards and five assists. Francis Hennessey (Philadelphia, PA) added 11 points to the Lions tallies on the night.

Kyle Gordon (Riverhead, NY) led the Morrisville State efforts with a team high 16 points and 11 rebounds while teammate Bryan Eddy (Brooklyn, NY) contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sneed added 14 while grabbing eight boards as Morrisville State concludes the season with a 7-17 overall record.

Abington shot 45.9 percent from the floor, including 55.6 from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line as Morrisville State struggled in three-point shooting, hitting just 20 percent while finishing just 14-of-25 free throws on the night.

Abington (6-19 overall) advances to the quarterfinal round of the NEAC Championship tournament, facing top seed SUNY IT Friday night at 8 p.m. at tournament host Penn State Harrisburg.

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.