MARCY, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College women's basketball handed host SUNY Polytechnic their first conference loss of the season Wednesday evening, toppling the Wildcats 67-60 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action in Marcy.
With the win, Morrisville State improves to 10-4 overall on the season, increasing their conference stake to 5-2. SUNY Poly drops to 14-2 overall, 8-1 in NEAC play.
Senior guard Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) led the Mustangs with a team high 26 points and nine rebounds, while dishing out four assists. Sophomore Charlotte Walker (Middle Island, N.Y.) netted 15 to go along with six rebounds, as Tori Rockefeller (Bloomville, N.Y.) came off the bench to contribute 12 in the win.
Khristaijah Jackson netted a game high 28 points and 12 rebounds in the Wildcat efforts, the lone SUNY Poly player to score double figures on the night.
Morrisville State maintained pace with the hosts throughout the opening half, and trailed by just two at the break, 29-27.
After a three-pointer from Anderson at the 6:26 mark in the third quarter to tie the contest for a seventh time, Morrisville State took their first lead since 2:32 in the first quarter off the three-point play by Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) for the three point advantage with just over five minutes remaining in the frame.
SUNY Poly regained the slim advantage with a jumper by Jackson with just over three minutes showing on the clock in the quarter, but it was a long ball by Rockefeller on the ensuing Mustang possession that regained the lead for the visitors for the remainder of the quarter.
After Morrisville State opened the quarter with a quick bucket, SUNY Poly chipped away at the Mustang lead and regained the two-point advantage behind a 7-2 run, and was able to hold on until a game tying free throw by Anderson with 2:44 remaining shifted momentum to the visitors.
Morrisville State was able to close out the half with a 10-3 run, including a go-ahead layup by Walker with 1:26 to go, caging the Wildcats for the upset conference victory.
The Mustangs return to the court this weekend, hosting NEAC opponents Wilson College on Saturday and Gallaudet University on Sunday. Tip-off against the Phoenix is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities Gymnasium.
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.