MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Keuka College escaped a late fourth quarter rally Tuesday evening, collecting a 57-53 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win over host Morrisville State College in women's basketball action in Morrisville.
The loss drops the Mustangs to 8-8 on the season, 7-2 in NEAC play; while Keuka improves to 11-5, 6-3 with the victory.
Sophomore guard Tori Rockefeller (Bloomville, N.Y.) notched a collegiate high 26 points for the Mustangs to lead all scorers, 17 of which came in the second half of action, including nine alone in the final quarter of play.
Senior guard Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) added eight to go along with five rebounds, five steals and two assists.
Reighly Melochick led Keuka with 14 points, adding seven rebounds and three steals. Lauren Anten and Amanda Wood each contributed 12 in the victory.
Keuka held a double digit lead over the hosts midway through the second quarter, before a 7-2 Mustang rally sent them into the game trailing 30-25.
Momentum continued to favor Morrisville State in the third as they cut the deficit further and played to a one possession game, 44-42, entering the final quarter of action.
Morrisville State tied the visitors twice over the course of the quarter, and closed the gap to just two with 2:10 to go on a layup by Rockefeller, but a Melochick strike with 23 seconds to go in the paint was enough to give the Wolves the win down the stretch.
The Mustangs return to the court Saturday, traveling to North Division leader SUNY Poly for a 3 p.m. conference matchup.
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.