MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College used an 18-0 run late in the opening period and didn't slow down in the second as they handed visiting Gallaudet University men's basketball a 76-57 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) loss Friday night in Morrisville
The win boosts the Mustangs to 16-8 overall, 12-5 in conference action, while the Bison drop to 6-18 overall, 5-12 in NEAC play.
Trey Gordon led all scorers on the night, posting 27 points for the visitors as he hit 10-of-15 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. Gordon also posted a team high eight rebounds for Gallaudet, while teammate Joshua McGriff added 16 points and six rebounds in the losing effort. Stephen Dean dished out a team best six assists.
Three posted double figures for Morrisville State, including Jordan Prior (Cortland, N.Y.) and Brandon Hanks (Syracuse, N.Y.) who had a team high 12 points each, combining for 10 rebounds and five assists.
Morrisville State's bench added to the win for the hosts, as Will Thomas (Morrisville, N.Y.) posted 11 points; Sherard King (Bronx, N.Y.) 10 total rebounds, seven on the offensive glass; while Anthony Betances (Harlem, N.Y.) added eight points on perfect shooting from the floor. Nick Granato (Auburn, N.Y.) posted a team high five assists and three steals to contribute to the victory.
After coming out firing on all cylinders, Gallaudet hit back-to-back three's and added two lay-ups to claim a 32-24 lead over the Mustangs with 5:23 to go, but an offensive board followed by a put back by King sparked a defensive blitz by the hosts that resulted in two consecutive Bison turnovers converted into buckets to make it a two point game with 4:18 to go in the first.
Morrisville State came out of a time out with a full court press that was too much for the visitors to handle, and used the pressure to ignite a 14-0 run over the final four minutes of the half to send the game into the break with a 42-32 Mustang advantage.
The Mustangs capitalized on the eight registered Bison miscues in the first period, scoring 17 points off turnovers, and adding 15 more on second chance opportunities.
In the second, James Steingieser hit McGriff in the post early to cut the Gallaudet deficit to eight, but Morrisville State put together a 6-0 spurt to regain the double digit lead, just 1:27 into the final twenty.
Morrisville State increased the lead to 19 with nearly eight minutes remaining, and wit Gallaudet threatening to get back in the game with post play by McGriff, Betances took the wind out the visitors' sails within a 76 second span, nailing a three from corner on the baseline, a fast break layup and another long bomb from the corner for a 23 point advantage that proved too much for the Bison to overcome down the stretch.
Sixteen of the Mustangs 34 points in the second half came off Bison turnovers, as they forced 22 total miscues on the night.
Morrisville State hit 31-of-73 shots from the floor (42.5%) and drained 8-of-24 from beyond the arc. Gallaudet hit 46.8% on 22-of-47 shots from the floor, 7-of-20 from long range.
Morrisville State returns to the court for the home finale tomorrow afternoon, hosting Penn St. Abington at 1 p.m., and look to avenge an early January loss to the Nittany Lions, an 80-73 defeat. Tomorrow's contest is critical to seeding in the NEAC Championship Tournament next weekend.
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