March 1, 2008

Rams Win Second Skyline Championship in Three Years to Advance to NCAA Tourney; Robinson Named MVP

Rams Win Second Skyline Championship in Three Years; Robinson Named MVP

Farmingdale State  -  91, St. Joseph's - 71

Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State men's basketball team (22-5) won their second Skyline Conference Championship in three years tonight with a 91-71 victory over St. Joseph's College (21-6). Rams senior forward Brian Robinson (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) was named the Tournament MVP after posting 18 points and six rebounds on 9-of-10 shooting. 

Farmingdale opened up a 17-6 lead just five minutes into the game before St. Joe's used an eight point run to cut the deficit to three, 17-14, with 12:26 left in the half. The Rams held the lead for the rest of the first and went into the locker room holding a 43-32 edge.

In the second half, Farmingdale could not be stopped as they shot 60-percent from the field (15-for-25) to build up the lead to as much as 23 points and take the final 91-71 win. Junior guard Damien Santana (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grady) poured in 18 points in the half, ending with a final of 26 points and seven rebounds.

Senior guard Peter Lipka (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) finished the night with 19 points, hitting 5-of-9 from long range. Sophomore guard Merlin Bass (Queens, N.Y./Holy Cross) had nine points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals for the night.

St. Joe's was led by senior guard Phil Lipari (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) with 23 points. Senior forward Brandon Freeman (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) registered the games only double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Farmingdale State receives the automatic qualifier with the win and now makes the trip to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, a field of 59 teams from across the country. The bracket for the tournament will be announced by the NCAA ( on Monday, March 3rd at Noon.

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