Morrisville State withstands late Abington rally to collect 88-86 win

Morrisville State withstands late Abington rally to collect 88-86 win

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's basketball team withstood a late rally by visiting Penn St. Abington Sunday afternoon, collecting a 88-86 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory in Morrisville.

The win lifts Morrisville State to 9-13 overall, 6-9 in conference action. Abington drops to 7-16, 6-10 in NEAC play.

Junior forward Ibrahima Toure (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a collegiate best performance to lead the Mustangs in the win, as he registered 32 points on perfect shooting from the floor (12-for-12) while nailing 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Toure added 12 rebounds for the double-double performance, also registering two blocks and two steals.

Joe Hulbert (Duanesburg, N.Y.) added 20 points and four assists, while teammate Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) contributed 14 points and four assists. Jared Donalson (Syracuse, N.Y.) snared 10 rebounds to assist Morrisville State in edging the Nittany Lions 36-34 on the glass, and was a defensive wall, recording five blocks.

Dequan Jackson and Max Alton each posted 22 points in Abington's efforts, while teammate Devin Jones added 15 points. Alex Agyedu rounded out the scoring leaderboard with 11, adding five assists. Michael Angeleri led the visitors with eight rebounds.

Morrisville State held the 44-36 lead at the break before increasing their lead to as many as 20 with 12 minutes to go. Abington used a 13-2 run over the ensuing four minutes to erase the double digit deficit and make it a seven point game, but the Mustangs posted five straight points to regain the 12 point lead.

The Nittany Lions caused four straight Morrisville State turnovers to get back in the game and cut the Mustang lead to just four with over five minutes to go, and down the stretch caused two additional turnovers as they made it a one-point game with 19 ticks to go in regulation.

Ward converted two free throws to put the Mustangs up three with 16 seconds remaining, but an Alton score seconds later again had the Nittany Lions fighting for the win.

Abington sent Toure to the line with 8.1 seconds showing on the clock, where he converted 1-of-2 chances and gave the hosts the two point lead. A thrilling last second drive down the center of the paint by Jones hit off the back of the rim and bounced into the hands of the Mustangs defense, awarding the hosts the win.

Abington forced 25 Morrisville State turnovers which they converted to 35 points on the day, adding an additional 17 in second chance opportunities off their 21 offensive rebounds.

Morrisville State hit 61.2% from the floor on the afternoon, finishing 30-of-49 shots, while draining 10 from long range. Abington, who converted just 35.3% in the first half, finished the game hitting 41.8% on 33-of-79 shots.

The Mustangs hit the road Wednesday, traveling to NEAC opponent Wells College.

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.