Men's Basketball

Hudson Valley Defeats Morrisville, 86-71

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Troy, N.Y., February 20, 2002 – Five Vikings scored in double figures at Troy's McDonough Complex this evening, and Hudson Valley Community College's men's basketball team defeated SUNY Morrisville, 86-71. Hudson Valley, which led by 14 points at halftime, has now beaten Morrisville twice this season.

Markael Brace (Albany H.S.) led all scorers with 26 points. He drilled six of Hudson Valley's 14 three-pointers, and he contributed six assists and three steals. Paolo Walker (Columbia H.S.) had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Jeremy Schneible (Greenwich H.S.) had 11 points, and Joe Bell (Albany H.S.) and Steve Valente (La Salle Institute) had 10 points each.

The Vikings, who play at SUNY Delhi at 2 p.m. Saturday for the Mountain Valley Conference title, are now 18-9 overall. Morrisville is 5-22.

In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.