First Half Lead Puts Rams over York

Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis

Farmingdale State - 70, York College - 61

YORK, Pa. – The Farmingdale State men's basketball team defeated York College on Saturday afternoon, with a 70-61 decision in the consolation game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. With the win, the Rams improve to 6-4 overall, while the Spartans dropped to 4-8.

The Rams got on the board first and held the lead for the majority of the half, starting the game on a 12-3 run over the first six minutes. Despite being down for most of the half, the Spartans continued to fight back. With just over seven minutes left in the first, Chad Styer (Elizabethtown, Pa.) hit two three's to cut Farmingdale State's lead to one point. A few minutes later Styer hit two more three's and helped York gain its first lead of the game.

But the Rams answered back with two three's of their own and finished the half with a traditional three point play to go up 31-29 heading into the locker room.

Farmingdale State led the entire second half. At the 6:27 mark, the Rams went on a 7-0 run and with only 18 seconds left, they took a 12-point lead, the biggest of the game.

Leading the way for the Rams was senior forward AJ Matthews (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Matthews finished the game with 16 points, while senior guard Ryan Davis (Flushing, N.Y.) added 13.

York finished the game with four players in double digits. Mitch Kemp (York, Pa.) was the Spartans leading scorer with 16 points. Styer added 13 points and went 4-5 from long range. Julian Watston (Odenton, Md.) and Todd Maciejewski (Red Lion, Pa.) each chipped in 11 points.