MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Gallaudet University's Ben Coleman hit a turnaround three from the top of the key as time expired in the second half to give the Bison the thrilling 60-57 win over host Morrisville State College men's basketball Sunday afternoon in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action in Morrisville.
Morrisville State drops to 5-10 overall with the loss, 2-6 in conference play, while Gallaudet improves to 10-5 overall, 5-3 in NEAC action.
Ibrahima Toure (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led all scorers on the afternoon with 23 points, narrowly missing the double-double as he pulled down nine rebounds. Guard Joe Hulbert (Duanesburg, N.Y.) added 12 points and dished out three assists, as freshman Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) contributed nine points, six rebounds and three assists in the efforts.
The Mustangs dominated the glass, 40-25, much in part due to Jared Donalson's (Syracuse, N.Y.) game high 10 rebounds.
Gallaudet had two post double digits on the day, led by Raymond Nelson who posted a Bison best 14 points. Trey Gordon added 11 points, while teammates Coleman and Anton Jackson each collected five rebounds.
Morrisville State led by six with 1:58 to go in the contest before a three by Gordon made it a three-point game with 1:31 remaining.
Gallaudet applied a full-court press and forced a Mustang turnover on a back court violation, and on the ensuing offensive opportunity, Nelson drove the left lane and converted the 'and-one' to tie the contest with just over a minute remaining.
The Mustangs regained the lead as Toure collected an offensive rebound and had the put back with 54 ticks left, but Gatlin tied it for the eighth time of the afternoon by hitting two free throws to make it 57-57 with 38 seconds to go.
With 2.3 seconds difference between the game and shot clock, Morrisville State had a chance to take the lead but Gallaudet forced a shot clock violation and regained possession for a final opportunity.
On the Bison inbound, Cruz caught the ball on the right side of the court, and flipped it to Coleman at the top of the key. Coleman fired the shot and as time expired the ball sailed through the rim as the visitors collected the buzzer beater victory.
Morrisville State returns to the court Wednesday, traveling to SUNY Cobleskill for a 7 p.m. tip off.
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