MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Senior Jordan Hoose (Hudson, N.Y.) posted 13 points and a game high seven assists to lead host Morrisville State College men's basketball to a 75-68 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win over visiting SUNY Cobleskill Wednesday evening in Morrisville.
The win is the third straight for the men who improve to 14-6 overall on the season, 11-3 in conference play. Cobleskill falls to 3-17, 3-11 in NEAC action.
Hoose, who went 4-for-6 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free throw line, was one of our Mustangs to post double figures in the winning effort. Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) added 16 to go along with five rebounds, while Kenny Bonaparte (Soundview, N.Y.) netted 13.
Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) came off the bench to contribute 14, hitting four three's, while snagging six rebounds. Kyle Peck (Oneida, N.Y.) grabbed a team best seven boards, leading Morrisville State to the 38-21 advantage on the glass for the night.
Joel Costello led Cobleskill's efforts with a 20 point outing, adding four steals, while teammate Brian Jackson contributed 15.
After trading the lead once each across the opening 10 minutes of the first half, Morrisville State's Michael Turner (Clyde, N.Y.) netted back-to-back layups to regain the lead for the hosts with 4:46 remaining, igniting a 14-0 Mustang run for the 12 point lead with 1:56 to go in the period. Nine of those 14 points came off the hand of Miller, who hit three from beyond the arc.
Cobleskill was able to cut the deficit to eight as time expired, sending the game into the halftime period with a 40-32 Mustang lead.
The Fighting Tigers opened the second half with a 10-0 run to tie the contest for an eighth time, but Hoose hit the next four free throws to give the Mustangs some breathing room at the 16:05 mark.
After leading by 11 midway through the period, Morrisville State saw their lead slip away as Cobleskill took advantage of Mustang miscues and was able to close the scoring gap to just two with just over seven remaining on the clock.
The visitors remained within striking distance, trailing by just five with 1:50 to go, but Morrisville State was able to limit the Fighting Tigers to just two points in the closing two minutes as they captured the conference win.
Morrisville State returns to the court Saturday, traveling to College of St. Elizabeth for a 3 p.m. tip.
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.