KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College men's basketball outscored host Keuka College 28-12 in the paint as they escaped the Wolves with a 57-52 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win Saturday afternoon in Keuka Park.
The win lifts Morrisville State to 12-6, 9-3 in conference play, while Keuka drops to 3-15, 3-10 in NEAC action.
Freshman Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) led Morrisville State with 16 points on the day in the win, adding six rebounds, as teammate Kyle Peck (Oneida, N.Y.) chipped in 13 to go along with six rebounds and two assists.
Jordan Hoose (Hudson, N.Y.) contributed eight points and four steals to the win.
Neither team generated much offense in the opening half, both netting just one bucket in the final five minutes of the period, with Morrisville State heading into the locker room with the two point advantage at the half, 25-23. The Mustangs collected most of their points in the paint as they outscored the Wolves 16-4 in the opening frame.
After a quick three by Keuka to open the second half and claim the one point advantage, Morrisville State put together an 11-0 run as they attacked the paint again, opening the contest up to a 10-point lead just three minutes in.
The Mustangs increased their lead to as many as 18 with 8:19 to go in the contest, but Keuka rallied with a 16-4 offensive burst that included four from long range, cutting the visitor lead to six with 1:11 remaining on the clock.
Morrisville State had the chance to up their lead to eight, but the jumper fell short and Keuka capitalized with their third straight bomb from beyond the arc to make it a three point Mustang lead with 43 ticks showing on the clock.
The Mustangs missed both free throw opportunities on the ensuing offensive opportunity and the Wolves regained possession, but turned the ball over following a steal by Hoose who was fouled and sent to the line for two.
Hoose hit both free throws to give Morrisville State a five point cushion, and eventual win.
Morrisville State collected 16 points off 14 Keuka miscues it the second half, and outscored the Wolves 12-8 in the paint, finishing the game hitting 37.9% from the floor across the contest.
The Mustangs return to the floor tomorrow traveling to Wells College. The Express lead the conference series 1-0, having defeated Morrisville State on a controversial buzzer beater in early January, 72-71. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Aurora.
Morrisville State College'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.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.