Farmingdale State, 73
Newark, N.J. – Sophomore guard Chadd Barnes (Newark, N.J./University) scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead four Rutgers-Newark players in double figures as the Scarlet Raiders held off Farmingdale State, 82-73, in the ECAC Metro Championship quarterfinals in The Golden Dome.
The win advanced fourth-seeded Rutgers-Newark (18-10) to the semifinals at top-seeded New York University on Friday. A 9:00 p.m. tip off is scheduled. The fifth-seeded Rams finished their season at 18-10.
Senior guard Philippe Slater (Newark, N.J./University) hit 10 of 12 free throws in the second half to finish with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists while committing just one turnover in 38 minutes. Freshman forward Deshawn Singleton (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) posted 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots while sophomore forward David Cherry (Linden, N.J./Roselle Catholic) added 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Sophomore guard Damien Santana (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grady) paced Farmingdale with 21 points and added six rebounds, four assists and three steals while junior guard Pete Lipka (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) chipped in 13 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Terry Menefee (Mongomery, Ala./Shawnee Mission North, Ks.) scored 10 points for the Rams while junior forward Brian Robinson (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) added six points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
Freshman guard Shane Denully (Bronx, N.Y./Our Saviour Lutheran) capped a 10-4 run to open the second half with a 3-point jumper followed by another short-range jumper to give the Rams a short-lived 41-39 lead with 17:14 remaining.
But, Singleton began and ended what proved to be a decisive 10-0 run with inside baskets to stake Rutgers-Newark to a 49-41 lead with 15 minutes remaining. The Rams twice trimmed the lead to four points over the next three minutes before the Raiders gradually pulled away. A 3-point jumper by Barnes with 7:52 left gave Rutgers-Newark its biggest lead at 69-52.
Santana hit all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half to keep the Rams within striking distance. Rutgers-Newark led 35-31 at the break, hitting 46.9% of their shots overall, but the Raiders missed all seven of their treys. Cherry worked inside for 10 points, connecting on five of six shots from the field.
Story by Rutgers-Newark SID, John Stallings