Nov. 15: Farmingdale State - 71, Clarkson - 67
Nov. 16: Farmingdale State - 71, SUNY Potsdam - 63
Potsdam, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State men's basketball team opened the season this weekend at the Casella North Country Invitational hosted by SUNY Potsdam in the Jerry Welsh Gymnasium in Potsdam, N.Y. The Rams defeated Clarkson (1-1) on day one and Potsdam (1-1) this afternoon, to improve to 2-0 overall.
Against Clarkson on Friday night, the Rams edged Clarkson 71-67. Farmingdale senior guard Terence Henderson (Bronx, N.Y.) led the Rams with 21 points. Senior guards Tim Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) and Donald Lawes (Queens, N.Y.) scored 15 and 10, respectively, while senior Jonathan Annan (Staten Island, N.Y.) had nine points and a team-high eight boards.
Junior forward John Coleman (Potsdam, N.Y.) had a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause for Clarkson. Senior guard Marques Charleton (Deer Park, N.Y.) had 13 points and junior guard Charles McAllister (Olathe, Kan.) chipped in nine more.
Farmingdale shot 50 percent from the floor to the Golden Knights' 38 percent. The Rams also finished with a 43-35 advantage in rebounds.
With the win on day one, the Rams faced host Potsdam in the Championship game today at 3:00 p.m. Farmingdale State came home with a 71-63 in the final game of the tournament, while Clarkson University (1-1) blew out SUNY Canton (0-2) in the early game, 85-67.
The Bears rallied from an early deficit to build a 41-30 lead with 15:00 remaining in the game. However, the Rams reversed the momentum with hot shooting from senior guard Tim Johnson (Queens, N.Y.). Johnson shot six-for-eight from three point range and scored all 24 of his points in the second half as Farmingdale led by as many as 11 in the final period. The Bears got to within eight on a three-pointer from Joe Estramonte (Greenwich, N.Y.) with 1:07 remaining, but could not get any closer as they would fall by eight.
Johnson's 24 points was a game-high, while Rams senior guard Jonathan Annan (Staten Island, N.Y.) added 17 points and seven assists. The tournament Most Valuable Player, senior guard Terence Henderson (Bronx, N.Y.), closed out the weekend with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Farmingdale outshot Potsdam 38 percent to 34 and edged the Bears 50-49 in rebounds.
2013 Casella North Country Invitational All-Tournament Team
- Clarkson: John Coleman (Potsdam, N.Y.), Marques Charlton (Deer Park, N.Y.)
- Potsdam: Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y.), Zac Adams (Potsdam, N.Y.)
- Farmingdale State: Tim Johnson (Queens, N.Y.)
- MVP - Farmingdale State: Terence Henderson (Bronx, N.Y.)
The Rams will now face Medgar Evers in their home opener on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:30 p.m. The first 50 fans will receive NCAA Division III Farmingdale State Rams sling bags.