COBLESKILL, N.Y. – Freshman guard, Alexis Campbell (Buffalo, N.Y.) posted a collegiate best 21 points in her young career, leading visiting Morrisville State College women's basketball to a 67-62 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win over host SUNY Cobleskill Wednesday night in Cobleskill.
The win is the first for the Mustangs as they opened NEAC play tonight, improving their overall record to 2-3 early on in the season.
Three additional Mustangs notched double-figures in the win, including Tori Rockefeller (Bloomville, N.Y.) and Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) who each posted 13. Kilmartin collected seven of her points in the fourth quarter, all within a minute's time to break the late 51-51 tie and give the Mustangs the lead for good for the remainder of the contest.
Charlotte Walker (Middle Island, N.Y.) added 12, while teammate Marissa Woodard (Unadilla, N.Y.) led Morrisville State on the glass, snagging 11 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots. Savannah Hobbie (South Kortright, N.Y.) added eight boards and three assists.
Addy Lawson led the Cobleskill efforts with a double-double, collecting 31 points that included six from beyond the arc, while collecting 13 rebounds. Ali Changa added 13 points to go along with seven rebounds, while DJ Miller-Peak contributed 10 points and 16 boards to the efforts in the loss.
After a slow first quarter start, Morrisville State found their offensive rhythm in the second, outscoring the hosts 22-11, to claim the 31-27 lead at the break.
Trailing by four with just over two minutes to go in the third quarter, Morrisville State's Campbell converted a fast break layup to cut the lead to two, and added a three-point play with 46 seconds showing on the clock to regain the one-point lead for the Mustangs heading into the fourth and final quarter.
Two free throws by Miller-Peak regained the one point lead for the hosts with seven minutes to go, and a three by Lawson extended it to four at 6:19, but the experience of Walker and Kilmartin kicked into play and the Mustangs quickly shifted the momentum in their favor.
Walker nailed a jumper just outside the paint to cut the Cobleskill lead to two, before back-to-back layups, including a three-point play by Kilmartin, regained the lead for the Mustangs with 3:27 to play.
The senior captain hit her third layup within a minute's time, before fellow captain Woodard added the fourth straight Mustang bucket with 2:04 to go for the seven point visitor advantage.
Lawson nailed her fifth three of the contest to make it a four point game with just over a minute to go, but Walker converted a layup on the opposite end to regain the six point difference for Morrisville State.
Lawson once again cut into the deficit with a free throw, but Morrisville State was too strong from the free throw line down the stretch as Campbell hit 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to secure the win. Lawson added her final long range strike as time expired, but Morrisville State Collected the 67-62 conference win.
Morrisville State finished shooting 41.4% from the floor on the night, including a 53.3% third quarter.
The Mustangs return to the court Friday, opening their home slate with a non-conference battle with Hamilton College scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 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.