Rams Face Bridgewater in NCAA Sectional Round
Rams Face Bridgewater State in Sectionals at Richard Stockton
Friday, March 13th
Farmingdale State vs. Bridgewater State - 6:00 p.m.
St. Lawrence vs. Richard Stockton - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14th (Elite 8)
Winners play at 7:00 p.m.
Farmingdale, N.Y. - Farmingdale State has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship for the first time in program history, and will now face Bridgewater State in the Sectional Round on Friday, March 13th at host Richard Stockton College in Pomona, N.J.
After finishing the season with a program best record of 24-3, the Rams received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament (the third appearance in four years) and traveled to Rhode Island College for First and Second Round games. In the first round, Farmingdale State defeated University of New England, 90-73, led by 20 point games from junior forward Dan Phillips (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin), junior forward Mike Campbell (Bronx, N.Y./Samuel Gompers), and senior forward Erastus Shannon (Amityville, N.Y./Copiague).
In the second round, the Rams faced MIT, and defeated the Engineers, 67-61, led by senior guard Damien Santana (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grady) with 23 points, to make their way into the Sweet 16.
The Rams will now travel to Richard Stockton College for the Sectional Rounds, played on March 13th - 14th, joining Richard Stockton, Bridgewater State and St. Lawrence. Farmingdale faces Bridgewater State at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night, followed by the St. Lawrence and Richard Stockton game at 8:00 p.m. The winners tip-off on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., with the winner of that game making a trip to the Final Four in Salem, Virginia on March 20th-21st.
Bridgewater State (22-6) knocked off St. Joe's (Maine) in the First Round, 95-79, and then surprised 9th ranked Middlebury College in the Second Round on Saturday night, overcoming a five-point deficit in the final 37 seconds to win, 78-76. Senior forward Stace Garrick (West Warwick, R.I.) knocked down two clutch three-pointers, including the game-winner with 17 seconds left, to lead the Bears to the comeback win.
The Bears, who won their second MASCAC Championship in four years to receive the automatic bid this season, set the school record for victories and became the first team in program history to win a pair of NCAA tournament games. Bridgewater State has won 16 of its last 17 games and carry a five-game winning streak into Friday night's game against the Rams. The Bears senior center Rolan Millien (Stoughton, Mass.) leads the team with averages of 16.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, a 56-percent field goal percentage, and an 82-percent free throw percentage.
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