LATHAM, N.Y. – After two first round games on Tuesday evening, the final four is set for the 2020 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Basketball Tournament. The semifinal and championship of the tournament will be hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion Penn State Harrisburg on Feb. 28-29.
As the top seed in each division, Penn State Harrisburg and SUNY Poly received a bye in the first round.
The first semifinal game will feature No. 2 South seed Lancaster Bible against No. 1 North seed SUNY Poly at 6 p.m. on Friday followed by No. 2 North seed Morrisville State at No.1 South seed Penn State Harrisburg at 8 p.m. The winners of the semifinal matchups will meet in the championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the tournament champion receiving an automatic berth to the 2020 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.
North Division First Round
No. 3 Cazenovia 88, No. 2 Morrisville State 100 (Boxscore)
Morrisville State took an 11-point lead into halftime and continued its hot shooting, sharing of the basketball and heavy rebounding edge to hold off Cazenovia 100-88 in the North Division First Round game at the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities.
It was largely a balancing scoring attack for the Mustangs as seven players reached double digits in scoring. The team shot 52 percent from the field, held a plus 15 edge in rebounding and doled out 28 assists on its 38 field goals.
Sophomore guard Jon Brennan (Irvington, N.Y.) came one assist shy of producing a triple-double as he tallied 19 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Senior forward Derek Beames (Otego, N.Y.) had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists while sophomore guard Rahmell Smith (Syracuse, N.Y.) added 16 points and six assists. Senior forward Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) totaled 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor with eight rebounds.
Double-digit scoring efforts also came from senior guard Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) and junior guard Ishmael Chisholm (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), who had 11 points apiece for the Mustangs.
Senior guard Jacreary Menes (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with 19 points. Cazenovia had three others reach double figures in scoring with freshman swingman Thomas Jones (Rochester, N.Y.) tallying 18 points and four steals, junior guard Lucci Vigliotti (Syracuse, N.Y.) scoring 17 and sophomore guard Majesty Wilder (Auburn, N.Y.) chipping in with 10 points.
The Mustangs move on to the NEAC Final Four with a 16-10 overall mark while the Wildcats end the 2019-20 season with a 10-16 record.
South Division First Round
No. 3 Penn College 73, No. 2 Lancaster Bible 77 (Boxscore)
Sophomore guard Jordan Shewbridge (New Holland, Pa.) scored a team-high 16 points as the Chargers held off a late rally attempt by the Wildcats to advance with a 77-73 victory in the South Division First Round game.
Freshman guard Kaleb Murry (Odessa, Texas) tallied 13 points, senior center William Afoakwah (Kumasi, Ghana) added 12 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists for Lancaster Bible.
Penn College was led by senior forward Ben Sosa (Loyalsock, Pa.), who had 27 points and seven rebounds and senior guard Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, R.I.) who totaled 23 points and six rebounds.
Lancaster Bible moves on to the semifinals with a 13-13 overall record while Penn College sees its season come to an end with a 7-19 ledger.
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly, and Wells College. Associate members are: Alfred State (M Lacrosse), Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), College of Saint Elizabeth (M Tennis & M Volleyball), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), SUNY Potsdam (M Volleyball) and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has also partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.