January 19, 2008

Farmingdale Lights Up Scoreboard Against the Mount

Farmingdale State - 113, Mount Saint Mary - 80


Newburgh, N.Y. – Farmingdale junior forward Erastus Shannon (Amityville, N.Y.) scored 17 points, leading seven Rams in double figures, as they routed Mount Saint Mary College, 113-80, in Skyline Conference action Saturday afternoon. Farmingdale moved to 10-4 overall and 7-1 against league opponents, while Mount Saint Mary dropped to 8-7 overall and 5-3 in Skyline play.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Farmingdale junior Damien Santana (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and senior Peter Lipka (Shelton, Conn.) staked the Rams to an early 15-8 lead just six minutes into the game. The Mount answered right back, however, as junior Dave Canazon (Middletown, N.Y.) hit a triple and junior Alex Kuchar (Rutherford, N.J.) converted a three-point play to bring the Blue Knights back within one. The Rams took back their seven point lead with a quick 6-0 run, capped by a jumper from senior Warren McAllister (Far Rockaway, N.Y.).

The Rams would push the lead to as many as eight in the next five minutes. Trailing 28-20 with seven minutes to play, MSMC junior Chris Harrison (Baldwin, N.Y.) made good on a three-point play to cut the gap to five. Kuchar generated a steal on the next Farmingdale possession and converted an unassisted lay-up to make the score 28-25, forcing the Rams to take a thirty-second time-out.

Out of the time-out, junior Joe Cammarata (Levittown, N.Y.) drilled a three-pointer to push the lead back to six. After a missed lay-up at the other end, Lipka canned a three to make it a nine point cushion. Lipka and Cammarata then hit back-to-back lay-ups after empty MSMC possessions to widen the gap to thirteen. Finally, Shannon capped the 12-0 run with a lay-up in the low post to make the score 40-25.

Overall, Farmingdale closed the first half on a 23-5 run and never looked back. They never led by fewer than nineteen points in the second half and pushed the lead to as many as thirty-four before finishing the game with a thirty-three point advantage.

Shannon completed his seventh double-double of the year, pulling down 10 boards to go along with his 17 points. Santana, Lipka, and junior Davon Jackson (New York, N.Y.) each had 15 points, while sophomore Daniel Phillips (Baldwin, N.Y.) had 14 and McAllister had 13. Sophomore Charles Vasser (Bronx, N.Y.) was the seventh Ram in double figures with 10 points and also picked up 6 assists.

For the Mount, Kuchar led all scorers with 21 points and freshman Matt Weinberger (Washingtonville, N.Y.) poured in 16 points in addition to his 7 assists. Freshman Tim Morris (Greenwich, N.Y.) scored 12 points and was the leading rebounder for the Blue Knights with 7. MSMC was out-rebounded 54-24 in the game and the Rams nearly had more offensive rebounds (23) than the Blue Knights had total rebounds.

The Rams were unconscious from behind the arc, hitting 12-of-20 attempts (60-percent) in the game and pushing their overall field-goal percentage to 54.7-percent. They faired very well at the free-throw line as well, hitting 19-of-22 (86.4-percent) tries. The Blue Knights shot 42.9-percent from the field, but just 34.6-percent from behind the arc.

With losses in four of their last five, Mount Saint Mary continues their Skyline schedule with a trip to St. Joseph’s–Long Island on Wednesday, January 23. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. Farmingdale hosts Yeshiva on January 24 beginning at 8:00 p.m.

(Story courtesy of Mount Saint Mary Sports Information)

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