Panthers Upset Rams in Skyline Quarterfinals
Panthers Upset Rams in Double Overtime
Old Westbury - 98, Farmingdale State - 96 (2OT)
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State men's basketball fell in double overtime in tonight's quarterfinal game of the Skyline Conference playoffs against rival Old Westbury (13-13). The fifth-seeded Panthers upset the #4 Rams (16-10) with a 98-96 win to advance to the semifinal game against top-seed Purchase on Thursday night, February 24th at 7:00 p.m.
After trailing by five at the half, the Rams tied the game at 40 on a layup by junior guard Joshua Smith (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) with 16:25 showing on the clock. The Panthers went back up by 12 points over the next 10 minutes and with Farmingdale in foul trouble the game seemed out of reach. But Smith and junior guard Dyshaun Flournoy (Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwood) combined for an 11-0 run over the last three minutes, to give the Rams a one point lead, 72-71, with 25 seconds to play. A late foul sent senior forward Frantz Granjean (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) to the line and he hit the first of two free throws to tie it at 72. A three-pointer by Farmingdale missed and would send the game to overtime.
In the first overtime, Old Westbury led by two with 2:10 left before three consecutive layups by Farmingdale off of two forced turnovers by senior guard Keith Nandin (Queens, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) would give the Rams a four point edge, 85-81 with 1:16 on the clock. Still up by three with 35 seconds remaining, Granjean hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 87-87. A final play by Farmingdale wouldn't fall and we saw a second overtime.
The game came down to the final minute, with the Rams leading by one, 96-95. A foul sent Granjean to the line for Old Westbury and he was 2-for-2 to give his team the lead, 97-96 with 55 seconds left. Another Panther free throw by junior guard Jamal Little (Spring Valley, N.Y./Spring Valley) with 23 seconds left gave his team a two point advantage. Farmingdale could not convert on their final possession and Old Westbury completed the upset for the victory.
Farmingdale had six players in double figures, led by Smith with 17 points, eight steals and five assists. Flournoy finished with 15 points and Nandin had 15 points and six assists. Senior forward Jermaine Abraham (Brooklyn, N.Y./Wadleigh) had 13 points and junior forward Robert Adon (New York, N.Y./Philip A. Randolph) totaled 12 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Junior forward Davon Henry (New York, N.Y./Wadleigh) scored 11 points.
Old Westbury's Granjean finished with a game-high 34 points and 13 rebounds, while senior center Lester Prosper (Bellmore, N.Y./Mepham) grabbed a game-high 19 rebounds and added 21 points. Little finished with 18 points and freshman forward Matthew Duffy (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) had 12 points.
The Rams will now await an ECAC bid next week.