Morrisville, NY – Khalil Bratton (Queens, NY) posted game-highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds en route to his fourth double-double of the season but host Morrisville State used a 12-0 second half run to upend SUNY Canton, 76-70, Tuesday evening.
The visiting Roos got off to a great start that began with a Bratton dunk off the opening tip. SUNY Canton (5-13) scored eight of the contest's first nine points to open up their largest lead of the game at 9-1 just over three minutes in.
Morrisville (12-6) took its first lead at 25-23 with 4:31 left in the opening half but the Roos responded with a 7-0 run to lead by five. The Mustangs closed the half on an 8-4 mini spurt as SUNY Canton led 34-33 at intermission.
Sam Annorh (Queens, NY) led the Roos with 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the opening 20, while Bratton added 10 points. Will Thomas paced Morrisville with 13 points hitting on five of his six field goals.
The Mustangs led 48-47 with 14:14 remaining after an Annorh jumper. Morrisville rattled off a 12-0 run holding the Roo offense scoreless for 6:42 as they opened up a commanding 60-47 lead with 7:32 to play. The hosts would extend the lead to as many as 14, and although SUNY Canton made a late push to get within four in the closing seconds, Morrisville held on for the victory.
Bratton posted his fourth double-double leading all players in points and rebounds. Annorh tallied 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting, while Romario Fletcher (Queens, NY) added 12 points. Kam Peterkin (Harlem, NY) registered 10 points in 17 minutes, his first double digit scoring output as a Roo.
Jailaan Kinsey led the Mustangs with 19 points, while Brandon Hanks and Tom Wilk both posted nine points and nine rebounds. Thomas (15) and Sherard King (10) both finished in double figures.
Morrisville held a 50-32 edge on the glass, which led to a 23-14 edge in second chance points. SUNY Canton forced 30 Mustang turnovers leading to 27 points off turnovers. The Morrisville bench outscored the Roo reserves 27-10.
The men's basketball team is back in action Saturday when it hosts Alfred State College at 4:00 p.m. at the Roos House.