HOW IT HAPPENED:
Morrisville State held a 15 point lead after the first half thanks in large part to a low shooting percentage by the Wildcats and an eight rebound differential in favor of the Mustangs. The Wildcats would claw their way back into the game in the second half to tie the game at the end of regulation. The Wildcats played great team defense and shot over 60% from three in the second half to work their way back into the game.
The first overtime period was an evenly matched 10-10 draw. Jaylin Gray (Brooklyn, N.Y.) hit a clutch layup with 17 seconds left in the OT to tie up the game late. A last second missed three pointer by Morrisville sent the game into 2OT.
In the second overtime, the Mustangs led by as many as four points but the 'Cats showed tenacity, tying the game up with a minute left. The game came down to a pair of free throws with under a second left that Lamel Faison drained to force a hail-mary baseline inbound play for the Wildcats with .8 seconds left which fell short.
- Josh Gregory (Whitesboro, N.Y.) scored a team high 29 points on 10-18 from the field for the Wildcats. The sophomore went 8-9 from the line and grabbed a team high 14 rebounds in 38 minutes of play. It was his second double-double of the season.
- Redell Freeman (Rochester, N.Y.) scored 28 points in the game. He drained six three-pointers (6-12 )and had four assists.
- Jaylin Gray had 10 points for the Wildcats and had a season and team high five assists in the game.
- Kevin Dennis had a day for the Mustangs. The junior led all scorers with 35 points and pulled down an outrageous 32 rebounds. Scored nearly half of his points at the free throw line, shooting 15-19 (79%)
- Justin Mitchell, Tyrin Miller, and Lamel Faison all scored in the double digits for Morrisville. They had 15, 14, and 10 points respectively.
The Wildcats will hit the road on Tuesday, traveling to Cobleskill to take on the Fighting Tigers in a NEAC North Division game. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 PM tip-off on December 4th. The last meeting between the two teams was a 59-45 home win for the Wildcats.