Men's Basketball Clinches Home Court Advantage
Feb 9, 2005

Farmingdale State 80

Stevens 70

The Farmingdale State Men’s Basketball team clinched the #1 seed in the conference to guarantee home court advantage in the upcoming Skyline playoffs, with an 80-70 victory over Stevens (11-10, 7-4) on Wednesday night. The Rams, who have won nine of their last 10 games, improved to 16-6 overall and remain a perfect 12-0 in Skyline play. Farmingdale jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead in the first two minutes of the game with a 3-pointer by freshman Peter Lipka (Shelton, CT/Shelton) and two consecutive three’s by freshman Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows). The Rams held a 39-24 lead at the half and would not let the lead slip past nine points throughout the second.

Farmingdale finished the game shooting 54.0 percent, converting on 7 of 12 attempts from 3-point territory, and held a 38-29 rebounding advantage. Nieves led Farmingdale with 24 points – 18 in the first half shooting 7-for-7. Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) scored his fourth double-double in as many games finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) contributed 11 point, six rebounds and four assists.

Stevens Waleed Farid (Woodside, NY/Stuyvesant) finished with 25 points and three steals, while Tim Williams (Selden, NY/Newfield) tallied 14 points and six rebounds for the Ducks.

The Rams return to action on Monday night, February 14th when they host St. Joseph’s College at 8:00 pm in a conference double-header with the women’s team. Skyline Conference playoffs will begin on February 22nd with the quarterfinal rounds, followed by the semifinals on the 24th and the finals on the 26th.