MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College Mustangs will be making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, and as announced in the selection show held yesterday, will face Middlebury College in the first round of the Regional bracket.
Morrisville State (19-8) earned the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Penn State Harrisburg on Sunday for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Title.
Middlebury, host of the Regional, enters the contest with a 24-3 overall record and is currently ranked fourth nationally in the d3hoops.com poll. The Panthers are making their fifth straight appearance in the tournament, posting a program best 28-2 record in 2011 with a trip to the Final Four.
Morrisville State and Middlebury will square off this Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Pepin Gym on the Middlebury campus. Tickets for the contest are $6 per adult and $3 for students and are available at http://boxoffice.middlebury.edu/index.php or by calling the box office at 802-443-6433. Tickets not purchased by Morrisville State fans will be made available to the general public by noon Thursday.
Additionally, live stats and live video will be available through the following site: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports/mensbasketball/archive/2011-2012/news/node/355698.
*Release courtesy of Brandy Thurston, Morrisville State College assistant athletic director and sports information director