HOBOKEN, N.J. – The Farmingdale State men's basketball team fell to 10-7, 6-4 in conference play as sophomore guard Virgil Gray II (Elmwood, N.J.) posted a season-high 30 points and the Stevens Institute of Technology men's basketball team captured its sixth straight win and 12th in the last 13 games with an 85-81 victory over the Rams on Tuesday night at the Canavan Arena in Hoboken, N.J. With the win, the Ducks improved to 15-4 on the year and 8-2 in Skyline play.
Junior guard Waleed Farid (Woodside, N.Y.), who entered the game with 998 career points, surpassed 1,000 points when he knocked down a three-pointer with 16:27 remaining in the first half. He finished the game with 13 points and added 12 rebounds and six assists in the victory. Sophomore guard Anthony Passalacqua (Staten Island, N.Y.) had 22 points, including four of five from downtown and eight of 10 free throws.
Farmingdale has dropped four straight conference games since opening the season with a 6-0 mark in Skyline play. The Rams were led by the sharp shooting of junior guard Peter Lipka (Shelton, Conn.). After scoring just three points in the first half, Lipka drilled all nine of his field-goal attempts and was 6-for-6 from downtown in the second half (24 points). He finished with a team-high 27 points on 10-for-11 shooting. Lipka was 7-for-8 from long range in the game and grabbed six rebounds.
Sophomore guard Damien Santana (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 22 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Terry Menefee (Mission, Kan.) finished with 11 points.
After leading by as many as 14 points in the first half, Stevens held a 45-34 advantage at the break. Farmingdale worked its way back into the game and had a chance to tie the score at 50-all with 15:48 to go, but could not convert. The Ducks answered with a 13-4 run over the next four minutes to open a 63-53 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
With 15.3 seconds left, the Rams closed to within 84-81 on a three-pointer by Lipka. After both teams called timeouts, Passalacqua's in-bounds pass went through the legs of freshman guard George Greco (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and out of bounds in front of the Farmingdale bench.
On the ensuing Rams' possession, Menefee's three-pointer from the top of the arc was off the mark and went out of bounds to the Ducks with 5.5 seconds left on the clock. Gray was fouled and made one of two free throws with 4.4 seconds to go to provide the final points of the game.
Stevens shot 39.7 percent (27-for-68) on the night. Farmingdale was 30-for-63 (47.6 percent) from the field in the game. The Ducks made 24 free throws to just 11 by the Rams.
On Thursday night, Farmingdale State will host Yeshiva at 8:00 p.m. The Rams have fallen to fifth place in the Skyline and Yeshiva stands in sixth place. Come support the Rams and help them get the victory they need to stay in contention for a first round home game in the conference tournament.
(Parts of story written by Stevens SID, Brian Granata)