February 22nd, 2012
Knights lose a thriller to Farmingdale, 68-67
MSMC forward Kevin Milella drives to the basket against Farmingdale on February 17, 2012. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
Newburgh - The much anticipated showdown between Mount Saint Mary College and Farmingdale State College didn’t disappoint the Kaplan Center crowd on Saturday afternoon. The Rams (20-5 overall, 16-2 Skyline) claimed a 68-67 victory over the Knights (19-6 overall, 14-4 Skyline) when a last second put-back went in and out.
After a pair of free throws put the Rams up 66-63 with time running out, sophomore Donte Howell hit an off-balance, double-clutch three-pointer to tie the game at 66-66.
With eight seconds to play, senior Joshua Smith found junior A.J. Matthews in the post. Matthews went to work on senior Carlos Valdez and put home the go-ahead layup, making it 68-66, Rams.
The Knights would have one more excellent chance, however. After calling a timeout with three seconds to go, sophomore Joe Stabach was fouled before the ball could be put inbounds. He made the first of two free throw attempts, but his second was off the mark. Valdez collected the offensive rebound, but his put-back attempt wouldn’t fall, allowing the Rams to escape with a one-point victory.
Stabach led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Senior Kevin Milella added 14 points, while Valdez totaled 13 points and nine boards.
Mount Saint Mary will serve as the third seed in next week’s conference tournament.