Final Second Free Throw Wins St. Joe's their First Championship

Final Second Free Throw Wins St. Joe's their First Championship

Final Second Free Throw Wins St. Joe's their First Championship

St. Joseph's - 69, Farmingdale State - 68

Farmingdale, N.Y. - A final second free throw made by Golden Eagles' senior forward Stu Coleman (Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset) with 0.2 seconds remaining secured a 69-68 upset over Farmingdale State (24-3) in the Skyline Finals, and St. Joe's won their first-ever Conference Championship.

The Rams led 33-28 at halftime and pushed the lead up to 10 points early in the second, before a 13-3 run by St. Joe's tied the score at 43-43 with 14:55 showing on the game clock. St. Joe's went up by five points on two occasions over the next five minutes of play, before a 6-0 Farmingdale run sparked by junior guard Mike Campbell (Bronx, N.Y./Samuel Gompers) gave the Rams a two point lead, 55-53.

Freshman guard Chris Jimenez (Huntington Station, N.Y./St. Anthony's) hit two free throws to tie the game at 55-55 with 7:40 left to play and Farmingdale again took a four point lead, 59-55, with a jumper by senior forward Davon Jackson (New York, N.Y./Rice) and two free throws by senior guard Damien Santana (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grady).

Two St. Joe's jumpers by senior guard David Acree (Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwood) and a three-pointer by sophomore guard Matt Weeks (Hampton Bays, N.Y./Hampton Bays) put the Golden Eagles back in the lead, 62-59. But Farmingdale senior guard Joe Cammarata (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur) tied it 62-62 with a three and 2:40 remaining in the game.

Weeks hit two free throws for St. Joe's, followed by two Rams free throws by Erastus Shannon (Amityville, N.Y./Copiague) to even the score at 64-64.

Acree hit a fade-away jumper with 58 seconds left and Shannon hit two more free throws, scored tied again, 66-66. On the next possession, Acree hit another layup, 68-66 St. Joe's lead, and Shannon tied it up again, 68-68, with 2.3 seconds to play.

A foul call with 0.2 seconds on the clock gave Coleman two shots, and one-of-two in the net gave St. Joe's their first-ever Skyline Championship.

Santana led for Farmingdale State with a game-high 22 points, while Campbell posted 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Jackson had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists.

St. Joe's had four players in double figures, led by senior center Chris Niblock (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point), the 2009 Tournament MVP, with 20 points and 11 boards. Jimenez finished with 15 points, Acree with 14 points and senior forward J.J. Walsh (Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwoo) with 11 points.

St. Joe's will receive the automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament, while the Rams will await word of an at-large bid, which is announced Monday, March 2nd at 11:00 a.m.