MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's basketball team battled back from a 13 point second half deficit to make it a two-point ball game with under a minute to go, but visiting SUNY Cobleskill dug the claws in and pulled out a 70-65 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory Wednesday night in Morrisville.
The loss drops Morrisville State to 7-13 overall, 4-9 in conference action, while the Fighting Tigers maintain their first place North Division standing with a 12-9 overall record, 10-3 NEAC stint.
Alexis Nunez (White Plains, N.Y.) led all scorers on the night, registering 26 for Cobleskill as he converted 12-of-15 attempts from the free throw line, while adding seven assists and six rebounds to his tallies. Travis Woods (Mount Upton, N.Y.) added 18 points in the win, blocking three, as he hit 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Junior Ibrahima Toure (Brooklyn, N.Y.) paced Morrisville State with 19 points, grabbing a total six rebounds while adding three blocks and two assists to his tallies in the loss. Two additional Mustangs also notched double digits in scoring, including Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) who added 14 points on 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, while teammate Joe Hulbert (Duanesburg, N.Y.) contributed 13 on his three from long range.
Sophomore Qwuhail Barlow (Cortland, N.Y.) dished out four assists.
Morrisville State trailed 37-32 at the half before Cobleskill racked up a 13 point lead just five minutes into the second period.
The Mustangs used a 10-2 run over the ensuing four minutes to cut the deficit down to just five, and maintained within striking distance of the visitors making it a two-point game with 47 seconds showing on the clock in regulation.
With 26 ticks to go a dunk by Cortrell King (Brentwood, N.Y.) gave the visitors a 69-65 lead, before two straight Mustang turnovers and a foul resulted in a Fighting Tiger point and eventual 70-65 conference win.
Cobleskill dominated the paint, outscoring Morrisville State 34-18 as they hit 51.5% from the floor on 23-of-45 shots, while converting 22-of-28 attempts from the charity stripe.
Morrisville State went 22-for-48 (45.8%) from the floor on the night, draining 12 from long range (46.2%).
The Mustangs return to the court Saturday, hosting Bryn Athyn College at 3 p.m. while Cobleskill hosts Lancaster Bible College in a NEAC showdown of first place divisional standing leaders. Tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Cobleskill.
Morrisville State's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
In addition to being named to the 2014 President's Higher Community Education Service Honor Roll, the college was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as an institution in the top tier of the Best Regional Colleges list and ranked second among regional colleges nationwide for outperforming its anticipated graduation rate. For more information visit www.morrisville.edu.