2008-09 Men's Basketball Season Recap
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State men’s basketball team finished off their best season in school history by setting a school record for wins, a school record 20-game winning streak that spanned from December 8 to February 26, and advancing to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Rams earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after finishing the season with a 27-4 overall record and 17-1 in the Skyline Conference.
In the opening round of the Tournament, Farmingdale defeated the University of New England 90-73 and MIT the following night on their home court by a score of 67-61, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in the programs history. The Rams traveled to Richard Stockton College and won by 20 over Bridgewater State before falling to #1 seed Richard Stockton in the Elite Eight.
Individually, the Rams were led by senior guard Damien Santana, who was named the Skyline Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season. Santana averaged 19.3 ppg, 6.7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.6 steals per game. Santana was also named the D3Hoops.com Atlantic Region Player of the Year, the Met Basketball Writer’s Co Player of the Year, First Team All-District from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and 1st Team All-Metro Region by the ECAC. He became Farmingdale’s All-Time leading scorer eclipsing the old school record of 1,773, previously held by Kenny McMillan. Santana finished his career with 1,910 total points.
Junior guard Mike Campbell was named First Team All-Conference, All-Met Second Team, and ECAC Second Team, after leading Farmingdale in scoring (19.6ppg) and rebounding (9.5) per game. Campbell posted 15 double-doubles and shot an outstanding 58% from the field. Senior Erastus Shannon had another outstanding year for the Rams in which he averaged over 13 points, 6 rebounds per game and finished with a team-high 31 blocked shots. Shannon was the defensive leader throughout the season and continued his great defense during the NCAA Tournament. Seniors Dan Phillips (11ppg), Joe Cammarata (10ppg) and sixth man Davon Jackson (7ppg, 7 rebounds) rounded out a deep and talented senior dominated team, that has gone further in the postseason then any team in Farmingdale State history.
Coach Erik Smiles was named Skyline Conference and NABC Co-Coach of the year, earning him eight Coach of the Year awards in his five seasons as Head Coach of the Rams. Smiles surpassed the 100 win mark this year and now holds a career 110 wins and 35 losses.