Morrisville State, SUNY Poly Advance to NEAC Men's Basketball Championship Game

Morrisville State, SUNY Poly Advance to NEAC Men's Basketball Championship Game

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Two teams from the North Division will clash on Sunday as Morrisville State and SUNY Poly won their semifinal contests to advance to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Basketball Championship game. Sunday’s game is set for 2 p.m. at the John W. Stewart Gymnasium on the campus of Morrisville State.

Morrisville State is making its fourth-straight trip to the finals while SUNY Poly will play for a conference championship for the first time since 2010. The winner of Sunday’s game will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Semifinal Game One

No. 4 Penn State Abington 54, No. 1 Morrisville State 80 (Boxscore)

Morrisville State led by 15 at halftime and continued to build on the lead throughout the second half to roll to an 80-54 victory over Penn State Abington. Junior forward Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) picked up his 22nd double-double of the season for the Mustangs, scoring a game-high 19 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore Brison Hall (Syracuse, N.Y.) was also a key piece to Morrisville State’s success Saturday night with 14 points and 14 rebounds coming off the bench. Penn State Abington sophomore guard Pernell Ghee (Germantown, Pa.) led his team with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals while Jay Fitzgerald (Philadelphia, Pa.) added 11 points for the Nittany Lions. With the win, the Mustangs move to 22-4 on the year. Penn State Abington bows out of the tournament with a 14-13 overall mark.

Semifinal Game Two

No. 3 SUNY Poly 67, No. 2 Lancaster Bible 64 (Boxscore)

In a closely-contested matchup in game two, SUNY Poly held on in the final minute of play to escape with a 67-64 win over Lancaster Bible. At the end of the first half, the Chargers held a 33-29 edge before leading by as many as 13 points early in the second half but the Wildcats clawed back into the game with a nine-point run to take the lead with 5:55 left on the clock. Trailing by three, Lancaster Bible had the final possession as the clock ran down but was unable to sink the three-point attempt as SUNY Poly secured its spot in the NEAC Final. Lancaster Bible senior forward Quentin Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished with a game-high 32 points. SUNY Poly’s Josh Gregory (Whitesboro, N.Y.) contributed 21 points and 11 rebounds while Redell Freeman (Rochester, N.Y.) also added 21 points. Lancaster Bible wraps up the 2018-19 season with a 14-12 record while SUNY Poly improves to 15-12.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.