COBLESKILL, N.Y. – Host SUNY Cobleskill rallied back from a 15 point deficit at the half, but visiting Morrisville State College withstood the Fighting Tigers to pick up the 70-68 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win Wednesday evening on the road in Cobleskill.
The win is the first for the Mustangs as they opened NEAC play for the 2017 season, improving their overall record to 2-2 to date on the young season.
Sophomore guard Tyrin Miller (White Plains, N.Y.) paced Morrisville State with a team high 20 points, while contributing eight rebounds, while teammate Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y.) added 19 points to go along with five rebounds and a blocked shot.
Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) collected 12 points on three from long range, while hitting 3-for-4 from the free throw line and adding three assists. Newcomer Stefan Marchlewski (Wloclawek, Poland) registered a team high seven assists.
Four netted double figures in the Cobleskill efforts, as Christian Cooper led the way with 19 points and six rebounds. Joel Costello added 15 and Malik Chambers 13, while Antwan Claxton wrapped up the leaderboard with 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
Morrisville State opened up with a significant 13 point lead over the opening six minutes of the contest, claiming the 19-6 advantage, before a three by Chambers cut the deficit to eight at 12:54.
The Mustangs quickly regained a double digit lead with the inside-out attack, increasing it to as many as 18, before heading into the halftime period with a 42-27 lead over the hosts.
Morrisville State collected 13 points off turnovers and seven additional on the second offensive effort.
The Mustangs maintained their double-digit lead throughout most of the second half, until a Claxton layup cut the lead to nine, sparking a 9-0 host run to make it a two-point ball game with 3:38 to go.
Brison Hall (Syracuse, N.Y.) converted two from the free throw line to broaden the gap to four, before Dennis added another two with 2:26 to go to extend the lead to six for the Mustangs.
A 7-2 Cobleskill spurt cut the lead to one with 10 seconds to go, and after a free throw from Ward to make it a 70-68 advantage for the visitors, a Fighting Tiger last shot attempt ricocheted off the side of the rim as time expired.
Morrisville State shot 41.8% from the floor in the contest, hitting 16-of-19 from the free throw line (84.2%). A 53.3% effort by Cobleskill in the second half had them shooting 45.8% in the contest.
The Mustangs return to the court Friday night, hosting Eastern University in their home opener. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Morrisville.
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 & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.