Men’s Basketball End of Season Report
May 2, 2005

The men’s basketball team finished the season 20-9 and received the Sportsmanship Award in the Skyline Conference. The team finished the regular season with a 14-0 undefeated conference record, earning the top seed in the Skyline Playoffs. After an upset by Mount Saint Mary College in the Skyline Finals, the Rams earned a #3 seed in the ECAC Tournament. Two players broke the 1,000 point scoring mark this season, senior Damien McKenzie became the All-Time leading scorer with 1,349 points, while junior Kenny McMillan will have one year left to add to his total 1,232 points.

The men’s team had three players named to the All-Conference team. McMillan was named Player of the Year, while McKenzie and junior Dashawn Warren were named to the Skyline 2nd Team. Head coach Erik Smiles was named Coach of the Year after leading the team to a 14-0 record and the Skyline Finals in his first season. He was also named Co-Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York for his accomplishments.

On May 9th, 2005, Kenny McMillan was named the Farmingdale State Male Athlete of the Year at the Farmingdale State Athletic Banquet.

Erik Smiles Named BCANY Coach of the Year
May 1, 2005

Erik Smiles, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Farmingdale State, was named the Basketball Coach Association of New York Men’s Division III Co-Coach of the Year on April 25th, 2005. The Basketball Coaches Association of New York, Inc. is an organization that is made up of basketball coaches of all scholastic and collegiate levels throughout the entire State of New York. Coach Smiles was selected as BCANY, Coach of the Year by a sub-committee of the BCANY Board of Directors, chaired by coach Ed Jones, former coach at Plattsburgh State University. The Coach of the Year Awards will be presented at our Annual BCANY Clinic this coming fall, September 30 – October 1, 2005 in Binghamton, NY.

Kenny McMillan Named All-Met First Team All-Star
April 15, 2005

Junior forward Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) was selected to the All-Met First Team All-Star after helping the Rams to an 18-7 regular-season record and a perfect 14-0 mark in Skyline Conference play. He was also named ECAC Metro First Team and D3Hoops All-Atlantic Region First Team. McMillan led the Skyline Conference in both rebounding (10.9) and steals (3.38) while ranking third in field-goal percentage (.546) and fourth in scoring (18.4 points). In 28 games through the Skyline Conference Tournament, McMillan recorded 15 double-doubles. He scored his 1,000th career point on January 29 in just his third season.

Kenny McMillan Named ECAC Metro First Team All-Star
March 29, 2005

Cape Cod, Massachusetts -- The Commissioner of the ECAC, Phil Buttafuoco, has announced today the ECAC Division III Men's Metro Basketball All-Star team and Player of the Year by a vote of the ECAC coaches. Farmingdale State’s Kenny McMillian (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) represents both Farmingdale State and the Skyline Conference on the first-team roster this year. The junior forward was named the Skyline Player of the Year for his efforts in bringing Farmingdale to an undefeated 14-0 league record. McMillian led the league in rebounding (10.9 rpg) and steals with 85.

Kenny McMillan and Sharon Billips Named to D3Hoops.com All-Region Teams
Mar 16, 2005

STERLING, Va. -- D3hoops.com has announced the fourth annual D3hoops.com All-Region team for Division III men’s and women’s basketball.

Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools, who were contacted several times as the season wound down to remind them to make their players eligible. A record 606 players were nominated nationwide.

The ballot was then made available to SIDs, who voted for 10 players in their region. SIDs voted for six frontcourt players and four backcourt players and the top vote-getters at each position were named to the All-Region team.

"We are thankful to the Sports Information Directors across Division III who took the time to nominate and vote to provide broader recognition to these worthy student-athletes," said D3hoops.com publisher Pat Coleman. "Participation continues to grow each year and that only strengthens the team.”

Junior forward Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) was selected First Team All-Atlantic Region. Kenny was named the Skyline Conference Player of the Year after helping the Rams to an 18-7 regular-season record and a perfect 14-0 mark in Skyline Conference play. McMillan ranks 4th in the nation for steals (3.4 per game) and 14th in the nation for rebounding (10.9 per game). He led the conference in both rebounding and steals, while ranking third in field-goal percentage (.549) and fourth in scoring (18.4 points). In 29 games, McMillan recorded 15 double-doubles. He scored his 1,000th career point on Jan. 29 in just his third season and has 1,232 points to date.

Senior forward Sharon Billips (Brooklyn, NY/John Jay) was named First Team All-Atlantic Region. Sharon is ranked third in the nation in scoring at 22.3 points per game, was named the Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) MVP and All-Skyline First Team. During the season, She was named Skyline Player of the Week four times, WIAC Player of the Week seven times, ECAC player of the week twice, D3Hoops.com team of the week member once and was consistently seen on the Met Basketball and Skyline honor roll this season. Sharon scored a total of 648 points this season and was ranked in 8-of-9 Skyline statistical categories – leading the conference in scoring and blocks. She finished the season shooting .476 FG%, .283 3FG%, and .710 FT%, with single game season-highs of 31 points, 20 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 blocks.

Farmingdale State Men’s Basketball Receives Sportsmanship Award

March 9, 2005

The Skyline Conference awards were announced on March 1st, 2005 and Farmingdale State Men’s Basketball claimed both the Player and Coach of the Year awards, and most importantly: the Sportsmanship Award. In just the second year in the conference, the Rams finished with a perfect 14-0 conference record during the regular season, attaining the top seed in the conference tournament and going all the way to the Skyline Finals. Unfortunately, the Rams were upset by #2 seed Mount Saint Mary and were deprived of the chance to dance in the NCAA Tournament. Since it is not very common to see an undefeated conference team win the sportsmanship award, the school is very proud to see our team be given this award. According to athletic director Mike Harrington, “the sportsmanship award is one of the most prestigious awards we could receive. It is voted on by opposing coaches and that shows that we are respected by our opponents.” After such a great season in only the second year in the Skyline, one can only imagine what the future will bring for Farmingdale State…

Rams Season Ends, Kean Advances to ECAC Semifinals
Mar 2, 2005

Kean University 75
Farmingdale State 65

Kean University (15-11) defeated Farmingdale State (20-9) 75-65 in tonight’s ECAC first round game of the Division III Metro Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Rams took the first lead early and held Kean until the 7-minute mark before Bryan Keller (Piscataway, NJ/Piscataway) knocked down a three-pointer to put the Cougars ahead 23-21 to start a 15-0 run by Kean. The Cougars led 39-28 at the half and would not see their lead diminish until the six-minute mark of the second as the Rams went on a 13-2 run to go up by one. But Kean battled back and took the final lead of the game, moving onto the semifinal round against #2 seeded Lehman College on Friday, March 4th.

Kean’s Keller led the team in scoring with 16 points, shooting 3-for-4 from behind the arc. BJ Hamby (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) and Tan Kesler (Istanbul, Turkey/Paksoy Lisesi) both finished with 13 points for the Cougars. Armet Coles (Staten Island, NY/St. Peter’s) scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Farmingdale’s Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) finished with a game-high 19 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) totaled 13 points and four steals.

Farmingdale’s McMillan and Smiles Take Top Skyline Honors
March 2, 2005

The 2004-2005 All-Skyline Conference Men’s Basketball Team was announced on Tuesday, March 1st, 2005 with Farmingdale receiving multiple awards.

Junior forward Kenny McMillan has been selected as the Skyline Conference Player of the Year after helping the Rams to an 18-7 regular-season record and a perfect 14-0 mark in Skyline Conference play. McMillan led the conference in both rebounding (11.0) and steals (3.36) while ranking third in field-goal percentage (.549) and fourth in scoring (18.4 points). In 28 games through the Skyline Conference Tournament, McMillan has recorded 15 double-doubles. He scored his 1,000th career point on January 29 in just his third season.

First year head coach Erik Smiles has been recognized as the Skyline Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Rams to a 20-8 record and 14-0 mark in Skyline Conference play. Picked fourth in the Skyline preseason poll, Smiles’ squad earned the top seed in the conference tournament after going unbeaten in regular-season conference play. Farmingdale State is now the third seed in the ECAC Metro Tournament.

Senior forward Damien McKenzie was named to the Second Team All-Skyline. A senior starting forward for the Rams, Damien is second on the team in scoring and finished 18th in the conference (11.8 points). Damien became the All-Time leading scorer at Farmingdale on February 26th with a total of 1,340 points.

Junior guard Dashawn Warren was selected to the All-Skyline Second Team. Dashawn totaled 102 assists this year as the Rams starting guard. He is the fourth leading scorer for the Rams with 10.4 points and second in steals with 45. He averaged 1.92 field goals per game and shot .302 from three-point range throughout regular season play.

Mount Saint Mary Takes Skyline Championship
February 26, 2005

Mount Saint Mary        87
Farmingdale State         79

The #2 seeded Mount Saint Mary Blue Knights (17-10) upset #1 seed Farmingdale State (20-8) to become the 2004-05 Skyline Conference Men’s Basketball Champions. Mount Saint Mary now receives the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out their opponent tomorrow during Selection Sunday.

After a tied first half 34-34, the Blue Knights took a quick lead in the second and would only trail for one minute of the second half. The Rams cut the lead to four points with 49 seconds left, before junior Brandon Welden (Elmsford, NY/Alexander Hamilton) sealed the victory for the Blue Knights hitting four free throws in the final minute. Weldon finished the night with 21 points, 5 assists and four steals. Sophomore Mike Hoyt (Florida, NY/S.S. Seward) hit 4-of-9 behind the arc, totaling 19 points for Mount Saint Mary. Senior Roberto King (Hempstead, NY/Holy Trinity) chipped in 16 points.

Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) led the Rams in scoring with 18 points and had four steals. Senior Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) totaled 14 points, breaking the schools All-Time scoring record with 1339 points to date. Freshman Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) finished with 15 points, shooting 3-of-6 from behind the arc.

Farmingdale State will now await an ECAC bid to continue the 04-05 season.

Warren’s Lay-In Sends Rams to Skyline Finals
February 25, 2005

Farmingdale State         76
Manhattanville  75

Junior Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) hit a running one-hander with 1.5 seconds left, sending Farmingdale State (20-7) to the Skyline Finals. Manhattanville’s final second heave was tipped away by freshman Warren McAllister (Far Rockaway, NY/Far Rockaway) to end the game. Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) finished with a game-high 25 points and eight rebounds – 8-for-11 from the field and 9-of-13 from the free throw line.

Warren finished the game with six points, six assists and two steals for Farmingdale. Freshman Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) totaled 19 points, shooting 3-for-5 from behind the arc. Senior Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) scored 8 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked four shots.

Four players finished in double figures for Manhattanville. John DiBetta (Valhalla, NY/Valhalla) led the Valiants with 21 points and seven rebounds. Mike Benziger (Sonoma, CA/Sonoma Valley) scored 20 points, while Donte Chisolm (Mt. Vernon, NY/St. Raymond) and Jerry Fiefie (Stamford, CT/Westhill) both chipped in 12 points and finished with double-doubles.

The Rams will host the Mount Saint Mary (16-10) men’s team tomorrow night, Saturday, February 26th at 8:00pm. Our women’s basketball team also made it to the Skyline Finals, they will travel to face Mount Saint Mary women tomorrow night at 8:00pm.

Men’s Basketball Advances to Skyline Semifinals
February 22, 2005

Farmingdale State         83
Mount Saint Vincent     58

The Rams (19-7, 15-0 Skyline) advanced to the semifinal round of the Skyline playoffs with an 83-58 victory over Mount Saint Vincent (13-14, 6-10 Skyline) on Tuesday night. Farmingdale broke out to a quick lead as Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) scored 15 of the Rams first 20 points and tallied a double-double with 5:38 left in the first half. McMillan finished with game-highs of 27 points, 16 rebounds and six steals.

Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and seven steals. Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) had 13 points, seven boards and two blocks for Farmingdale.

Mount Saint Vincent’s James Mooney (Bronx, NY/Iona Prep) led the Dolphins with 14 points. Charles Hernandez (Bronx, NY/Msgr. Scanlan) controlled the boards with a team-high eight rebounds, to go along with eight steals.

The Rams will host Manhattanville College in the semifinal round on Thursday, February 24th at 8:00pm, to be played after the women’s game vs. Stevens at 6:00pm.

Rams Enter Playoffs Undefeated in Skyline
February 19, 2005

Farmingdale State         83
Old Westbury               68

The Farmingdale State men’s basketball team ended the regular season with an 83-68 win over Old Westbury (11-14, 8-6) on Saturday night. The Rams finish the season 18-7 overall and an undefeated 14-0 in the Skyline Conference. The men are seeded first in the upcoming tournament, giving them home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) was one asssit shy of a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high nine assists. Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) was the leading scorer for Farmingdale with 21 points and six rebounds. Senior Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) finished with 17 points, while freshman Peter Lipka (Shelton, CT/Shelton) added 14 points.

Kevin St. Pierre (Rosedale, NY/Jamaica) tallied 16 points for the Panthers, while Ian Johnson (Jamaica, NY/John Adams) finished with 15 points. Sal Clark (New York, NY/Our Savior Lutheran) scored 12 points and grabbed seven boards.

Farmingdale will host the lowest seed of three Skyline Play-In games in the Skyline quarterfinal  on Tuesday night, February 22nd. Tip-off will be at 8:00pm following the 6:00pm women’s game. The Play-in games take place on Monday night, February 21st. The men’s opponent will be determined by the results of the Mount Saint Vincent/St. Joseph’s, Old Westbury/Centenary and Yeshiva/Maritime games.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Ranked in Atlantic Region
February 17, 2005

The NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball committee released its regional rankings Wednesday afternoon. The Farmingdale State men’s basketball team is ranked fourth in the Atlantic region, while the women stand at sixth in the Atlantic region. The men enter the Atlantic rankings behind Ramapo, New Jersey City and Lehman. The women join the rankings behind Mount Saint Mary, Staten Island, New Jersey City, Mary Washington, and Catholic. Both the men and women begin the Skyline Playoffs in the quarterfinal rounds on Tuesday, February 22nd. We will be hosting the games as a double-header - women at 6:00pm, men at 8:00pm.

Rams Second Half Comeback Falls Short
February 16, 2005

NYCCT – City Tech    68
Farmingdale State         66

Farmingdale State (17-7) fell short 68-66 despite fighting off a 12-point deficit in the second half against NYCCT (18-5). The Rams trailed 38-26 at the half, but quickly showed promise as they cut the lead to three after three 3-pointers by Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) and Peter Lipka (Shelton, CT/Shelton). Farmingdale pressured throughout the second and took the game down to the wire trailing by two points with eight seconds remaining. Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) took the final shot for the Rams, but a blocked shot by Shacun Malave (Bronx, NY/Dewitt Clinton) gave NYCCT the victory.

Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for Farmingdale along with 11 points and three blocks. Lipka and Nieves also finished with 11 points for the Rams.

Clyde Forteau (Bronx, NY/St. Raymond’s) led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points, 6-for-10 from three-point land. Terrin Johnson (Brooklyn, NY/Curtis) contributed 18 points, while Malave racked up 14 points, seven boards and five blocks. Ray Paul (Brooklyn, NY/Thomas Edison) finished with nine points and grabbed 10 boards.

The Rams finish up the regular season away on Saturday, February 19th against Old Westbury for a Skyline Conference game.

Rams Win Lucky Number 13 in Valentine’s Conference Game
February 14, 2005

Farmingdale State         67
St. Joseph’s                  54

Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) and Peter Lipka (Shelton, CT/Shelton) led the Rams (17-6, 13-0) to a 67-54 Valentine’s night Skyline victory over St. Joseph’s (9-12, 4-7). McMillan finished with a game-high 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Lipka notched 16 points and four rebounds for Farmingdale. The Rams trailed 32-26 at the half, but shot 60.7 percent from the field to help them towards a comeback win.

Alvin Bray (Brentwood, NY/Benjamin E. Mays) led the Golden Eagles with 12 points. Mike Massa (St. James, NY/Smithtown) totaled 11 points and eight rebounds, while Stu Coleman added 10 points.

Farmingdale hosts NYCCT on Wednesday night, February 16th in a non-conference double-header, their final regular season home game. The women start at 6:00pm and the men will tip-off at 8:00pm.

Men’s Basketball Clinches Home Court Advantage
February 9, 2005

Farmingdale State         80
Stevens                        70

The Farmingdale State Men’s Basketball team clinched the #1 seed in the conference to guarantee home court advantage in the upcoming Skyline playoffs, with an 80-70 victory over Stevens (11-10, 7-4) on Wednesday night. The Rams, who have won nine of their last 10 games, improved to 16-6 overall and remain a perfect 12-0 in Skyline play. Farmingdale jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead in the first two minutes of the game with a 3-pointer by freshman Peter Lipka (Shelton, CT/Shelton) and two consecutive three’s by freshman Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows). The Rams held a 39-24 lead at the half and would not let the lead slip past nine points throughout the second.

Farmingdale finished the game shooting 54.0 percent, converting on 7 of 12 attempts from 3-point territory, and held a 38-29 rebounding advantage. Nieves led Farmingdale with 24 points – 18 in the first half shooting 7-for-7. Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) scored his fourth double-double in as many games finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) contributed 11 point, six rebounds and four assists.

Stevens Waleed Farid (Woodside, NY/Stuyvesant) finished with 25 points and three steals, while Tim Williams (Selden, NY/Newfield) tallied 14 points and six rebounds for the Ducks.

The Rams return to action on Monday night, February 14th when they host St. Joseph’s College at 8:00 pm in a conference double-header with the women’s team. Skyline Conference playoffs will begin on February 22nd with the quarterfinal rounds, followed by the semifinals on the 24th and the finals on the 26th.

Kenny McMillan Picks up Skyline, ECAC, Met Basketball Honors
February 2, 2005

Farmingdale State junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) was named ECAC Metro and Skyline Player of the Week this week, along with making the Met Basketball honor roll. Kenny averaged a double-double – 19.5 points, 10.0 rebounds along with 5.5 steals – in helping Farmingdale State University earn a pair of Skyline Conference victories. McMillan scored 25 points with eight rebounds, eight steals and three blocks in just 24 minutes against Maritime. He then contributed 14 points, including the 1,000th of his career, and 12 rebounds in a 73-59 win over Mount Saint Mary.

Rams Win Again in Double-Overtime
Feb 7, 2005

Farmingdale State 96 (2OT)
Staten Island 94

For the second time in three games, Farmingdale came away with a double-overtime road victory, this time defeating The College of Staten Island 96-94. The Rams led by 12 with six minutes remaining in regulation before Staten Island (12-10) tied the score with 30 seconds left to force overtime.

Farmingdale's Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) scored 8 of his team-high 26 points in overtime leading the Rams down the stretch. Nieves added 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Farmingdale (15-6, 11-0 Skyline), who saw four players score in double figures. Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) had his third straight double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing a game-high 18 rebounds for Farmingdale. Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) and Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) chipped in with 15 points each for the Rams, who resume Skyline play tomorrow night at Stevens Tech.

Senior guard Mike Stewart (Brooklyn, NY/George Westinghouse) scored 31 points and senior forward John Smith (Queens, NY/Bayside) added 22 points and 14 rebounds in defeat for the Dolphins.

Rams Win Streak Comes To An End
Feb 5, 2005

Lehman            79
Farmingdale      70

The men's basketball team dropped a non-conference game on Saturday losing to Lehman College 79-70. The loss ended Farmingdale's seven game winning streak dating back to their January 15th defeat at William Paterson. Farmingdale (14-6, 11-0 Skyline) shot just 38.5 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from the line against Lehman (17-5, 10-1 CUNY).

Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) led the Rams with 14 points, 18 rebounds and three steals while guards Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) and Pete Lipka (Shelton, CT/Shelton) added 9 points each.

Miguel Jorge (Bronx, NY/Centro de E.D.R.) and Sekani Francis (Bronx, NY/Kennedy) led Lehman with 22 points each, with Francis grabbing a team-high 13 rebounds for the Lightning.

The Rams hope to bounce back as they travel to The College of Staten Island tonight (2/7) for a non-conference game before resuming Skyline play on Wednesday, February 9 at Stevens Tech.

Rams Win Double-Overtime Thriller over Yeshiva University
Feb 2, 2005

Farmingdale      67 (2OT)
Yeshiva            63

The men's basketball team improved to 11-0 in the Skyline Conference after last night's 67-63 double-overtime win over host Yeshiva University. The Rams trailed by 10 points at the half and by 17 with 14 minutes remaining before mounting a huge comeback. Farmingdale came all the way back and led by four with three minutes remaining and held the lead until Yeshiva's Harel Vatavu (Ramat Gan, Isreal/Blich) tied the score at 53 with five seconds left in regulation to force the extra period. Farmingdale then tied the game with one minute remaining in the first OT on a Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) jumper. The Rams finally took control in the second OT and secured the win after Jimmy Williams (Philadelphia, PA/Cedar Grove) hit two free-throws with seven seconds left.

Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) had another great game for the Rams, scoring a game-high 24 points to go along 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Farmingdale, who now play two non-conference games before their February 9th contest at Stevens Tech.

Conference leading scorer Roy Goldstein (Beer-Sheva, Israel/Magif Gimmel) led Yeshiva with 22 points, while Vatavu chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds.

Farmingdale needs one win in their final three Conference games to clinch the #1 seed and home court throughout the playoffs. The Skyline Conference Playoffs are February 22, 24 and the Finals on the 26th, all played at the higher seed.

Men’s Basketball Holds on in Final Minutes
Jan 31, 2005

Farmingdale State 64
Merchant Marine 62

The men’s basketball team improved to 13-5, 10-0 in the Skyline with a low scoring 64-62 victory over King’s Point (10-8, 4-3). Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) and Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) led the Rams in the last eight minutes of play, scoring 12 of the final 18 points. McMillan scored the game tying lay-up on a fast break at the 2:20 mark and McKenzie sunk the game winning free-throw with 1:14 remaining. With 1.2 seconds remaining, Junior Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) hit the first of two free-throws and would intentionally miss the second shot to run out the clock. McMillan finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals for Farmingdale, McKenzie totaled 13 points and Warren chipped in nine points.

Josh Buck (Warsaw, IN/Warsaw) led the Mariners with 20 points and nine boards. Stephen McDade (Bellmore, NY/Kellenberg) tallied 13 points, including 3-for-4 from behind the arc. Zach Wyatte (Camp Hill, PA/Trinity) had nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

The Rams will get back into action at Yeshiva University on Wednesday night for a conference game at 8:00 pm.

McMillan Reaches 1,000 and Leads Rams over Mount Saint Mary
January 29, 2005

Farmingdale State         73
Mount Saint Mary        59

Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Rams (12-5, 9-0) to a 73-59 win over Mount Saint Mary (10-7, 8-2). McMillan laid in his 1,000th point after a steal with 6:17 remaining in the game. He is only the second player to reach this mark since Farmingdale joined the NCAA in 2000. Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) led the Rams with 15 points, while Jimmy Williams (Philadelphia, PA/Cedar Grove) finished with 12.

The Blue Knights were led by sophomore Mike Hoyt (Florida, NY/S.S. Seward) with a game-high 20 points, including five three-pointers. Sergio Guzman (New York, NY/Martin Luther King) had 17 points and nine boards. Roberto King (Hempstead, NY/Holy Trinity) tallied 14 points.

Farmingdale State travels to King’s Point, NY to face the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Monday, January 31st for a conference game at 8:00pm.

McMillan’s 25 Points Leads Rams over Maritime
January 25, 2005

Farmingdale State         72
Maritime College          45

Farmingdale State (11-5, 8-0) continued their undefeated Skyline Conference run with a 72-45 win over Maritime College (2-14, 1-6). Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) led the Rams with a game-high 25 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and five steals in just 24 minutes of play. Freshman Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three steals for Farmingdale, while senior Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) had 10 points, 4 boards and two blocks.

Maritime College was led by Robert Benton (Montgomery, AL/G.W. Carver) with 14 points. Joseph Bracaglia (Jamaica, NY/Martin Van Buren) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Rams host Mount Saint Mary College in another Skyline Conference game on Saturday, January 29th at 2:00pm.

Rams Still Perfect in Skyline after Win over Mount Saint Vincent
January 22, 2005

Farmingdale State         92
Mount Saint Vincent     84

Junior’s Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) and Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) led the scoring for Farmingdale with 23 and 20 points, respectively, to remain undefeated in the Skyline Conference with a 92-84 win over the College of Mount Saint Vincent (5-10, 3-6). Farmingdale trailed by one point at the half, but shot 51-percent from the field in the second for a total of 50 points, en route to their eighth conference victory of the season. The Rams are now 10-5 overall.

Warren added eight assists and six rebounds to his team-leading 23 points, while McMillan completed a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 13 boards. Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for Farmingdale. Freshman Warren McAllister (Far Rockaway, NY/Far Rockaway) came off the bench to score 10 points.

Mount Saint Vincent was led by James Mooney with 31 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 6 steals. Luigi Nicki had 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Charles Hernandez finished with 11 points and 8 assists.

The Rams will host Maritime College in a Skyline Conference game on Tuesday, January 25th at 7:00pm. Earlier this season, Farmingdale defeated Maritime 75-72 in overtime.

Dashawn Warren’s 25 Points Leads Rams to Conference Victory
January 20, 2005

Farmingdale State                     74
King’s Point (USMMA)           56

Farmingdale State junior guard Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) finished with a game-high 25 points, including six three’s with five coming in the first half. Warren also totaled seven boards, four assists, three steals and one block as he led the Rams to their sixth Skyline Conference victory over King’s Point 74-56. The Rams improve to 9-5, 6-0 Skyline, while the Mariners fall to 7-7, 2-2 Skyline.

Farmingdale State had three others in double-figures. Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows), who is currently 55 points away from his 1,000th point, finished with 12 points, three steals and three assists. Senior Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) and freshman Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) both chipped in 10 points for the Rams.

The high scorer for Merchant Marine was junior Lou DeCarlo (York, PA/Trinity) with 10 points. Josh Buck (Warsaw, IN/Warsaw) grabbed a game-high 10 boards and sunk seven points. Junior Zach Wyatte (Camp Hill, PA/Trinity) finished with four blocks and eight points.

Farmingdale State returns to action against the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY on Saturday, January 22nd at Noon for another conference game.

Men’s Basketball Defeats Centenary for 5-0 Conference Record
January 18, 2005

Farmingdale State         83
Centenary College        56

Freshman Peter Lipka (Shelton, CT/Shelton) led the Rams with 16 points, including 4-for-7 from three point range, in an 83-56 win over Skyline opponent Centenary College. Farmingdale State trailed 35-34 at the half, but used a 20-2 run to begin the second half and take a 19-point lead. The Rams shot 70-percent from behind the arc (7-for10) in the second, outscoring Centenary 49-21. Farmingdale improves to 8-5 overall and 5-0 in the Skyline. Centenary falls to 0-14, 0-8 Skyline. Farmingdale’s Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) had the games only double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Freshman Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) scored 14 points for the Rams, while freshman Warren McAllister (Far Rockaway, NY/Far Rockaway) and senior Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) both posted 13 points. Junior Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) led the team with six assists and also grabbed nine boards.

Centenary senior Bryan Sherlock (Franklin, NJ/Walkill Valley) led the Cyclones with 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Junior Andre Harris (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) finished with 11 points.

Farmingdale State will host conference rival King’s Point on Thursday night at 7:00pm.

Men’s Basketball Defeated by William Paterson
January 15, 2005

William Paterson           68
Farmingdale State         54

Farmingdale State fell to 7-5 overall after a 68-54 loss to William Paterson (11-4). The score at the half was tied 25-25, before William Paterson scored 43 points, shooting 60-percent from the field in the second for the win. Freshman Peter Lipka (Shelton, CT/Shelton) led the Rams and finished with a career high of 13 points. Farmingdale’s Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) finished with 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) added 12 points, including the Rams first seven of the first half.

Nick Torres (Hazlet, NJ/Raritan) led the Pioneers with 16 points, while Miguel Rodriguez (Passaic, NJ/Passaic) dominated the boards with 14 rebounds.

Farmingdale State will host conference opponent Centenary College on Tuesday, January 18th at 7:30 pm.

Rams With Big Win Over Old Westbury
January 13, 2005

Farmingdale State         71
Old Westbury               54

The Farmingdale State men’s basketball team improved to 7-4, 4-0 in the Skyline with a 71-54 win over defending conference champions Old Westbury (6-9, 3-2 Skyline). The game was known as the most anticipated game of the season for Rams fans and proved worthy after tonight. After a low scoring first half, 23-16, a seven point lead by Farmingdale, the Rams stepped it up to score 48 points in the second and clinched the “W”.

Senior Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) had a huge night for Farmingdale with 20 points and eight rebounds, along with his 60-percent from the field and 8-for-9 from the line. Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) led the Rams with 21 points and nine boards, while Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.

Old Westbury was led by Russell Brereton (Amityville, NY/Copiague) and Sal Clark (Harlem, NY/Our Savior Lutheran) with 12 points each. Jared Weir (Elmont, NY/St. Mary’s) tallied 10 points for the Panthers.

Farmingdale travels to William Paterson this Saturday for a 1:00pm non-conference game.

Men Start Second Half of Season with Conference Win
January 10, 2005

Farmingdale State         83
St. Joseph’s College     74

The Rams improved to 6-4, 3-0 Skyline after an 83-74 win over St. Joseph’s College (2-8, 0-3). Junior Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) led Farmingdale State with 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Kenny McMillian (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) added 15 points and nine rebounds. Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) added 16 points. The Rams shot 10-for-18 from three-point range.

Patrick Eagan led St. Joseph's with 28 points, and was 6-for-10 from the three-point line. Ryan Baumbach finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, the games only double-double.

Farmingdale State will host conference rival Old Westbury on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. This is one of the most anticipated games of the season for the Ram fans. Old Westbury defeated Farmingdale 73-66 in the ‘03-‘04 tournament semifinals and advanced to become the Skyline Champions.

Farmingdale Basketball Ends Semester on a High Note
December 21, 2004

The Men’s and Women’s Basketball players at Farmingdale State have received many awards this semester for their exceptional performances on the court. As the fall semester comes to an end, the women’s team is 6-2 overall, 4-0 Skyline while the men’s team stands at 5-3, 2-0 Skyline. For the week of December 20th, four of our student-athletes picked up Player and Rookie of the Week honors in our respective conferences and were also named to the Honor Roll for the Met Basketball Writer’s Association.

Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) and I’shawna West (Hempstead, NY/Hempstead) were named the Skyline Rookie’s of the Week. Brandon averaged 11.3 points in three games for the Rams last week. He was named to the all-tournament team at the Keystone College Holiday Tournament, averaging 14.0 points in helping the Rams to the championship game. Nieves scored a team-leading 16 points against Keystone in the final.

West continues her torrid scoring pace. She has been named Rookie of the Week three times in the Skyline Conference and four times in the Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) during the first four weeks of the season. West, who ranks second in the conference in scoring, finished with a game-high 22 points in only 19 minutes in the Rams’ 78-33 win over CCNY. For the season, West is currently averaging 18.8 points and 2.13 3-pointers per game. Farmingdale State has won six straight games to climb atop the Skyline Conference standings.

Billips, who leads the Skyline Conference in scoring, was named to the Skyline and Met Basketball Honor Roll and was named Player of the Week in the WIAC for the fourth consecutive time. In the Rams only game this week, Billips continued her outstanding play against CCNY. With only three assists shy of a triple-double, Billips posted 18 points, 14 boards and 3 blocks. Sharon has shown her consistency this season as she is averaging 23.3 points and 8.6 rebounds.  

Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) was also on the Skyline and Met Basketball Honor Roll. Kenny averaged 20.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals in three games for the Rams. He was named to the all-tournament team, along with Nieves, at the Keystone Holiday Tournament.

The Rams have finished the first half of the 2004-2005 schedule and will resume play after break. The women will tip-off in 2005 at Montclair State on January 6th at 7:00 p.m. The men will travel to St. Joseph’s College for a conference game on January 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Rams Finish Second at Keystone Holiday Tournament
December 19, 2004

December 18:
Farmingdale State         78
Marymount Univ.          72

December 19:
Keystone College         88
Farmingdale State         68

The Rams took second place at the Keystone Holiday Tournament in LaPlume, Pennsylvania over the past weekend. Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) and freshman Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) were named to the All-Tournament Team. McMillan finished with 33 points, 20 rebounds, two assists and four steals. Nieves posted 28 points, 6 rebounds, one assist and two steals.

In the first game, the Rams defeated Marymount University 78-72 led by McMillan’s 22 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) was second in scoring with 15 points and seven boards.

In the Championship game against Keystone, Farmingdale sunk seven three’s for a 40-37 lead at the half. The Rams struggled from the field in the second and fell to Keystone 88-68. Nieves led the Rams with 16 points. Senior Jimmy Williams (Philadelphia, PA/Cedar Grove) finished with 12 points.

The Rams will resume their schedule after the holiday break on January 10th, 2005 at St. Joseph’s College for a Skyline Conference game at 7:00 p.m.

Rams Sweep CCNY
December 14, 2004

CCNY (2-7)                    70
Farmingdale State (4-3)  85

After the women’s team walked away with a 78-33 victory against the Lady Beavers, the men completed the sweep against CCNY with an 85-70 win. City College trailed 36-24 at the half but was not able to overcome the deficit. Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) led the Rams with game highs of 28 points and nine rebounds. Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) posted 20 points, including six three pointers for Farmingdale, while Jimmy Williams (Philadelphia, PA/Cedar Grove) had 14 points and eight rebounds.

High scorers for the Beavers were James Boddie (Castle Hill, NY/Jane Adams) with 14 points, Avain Gourdine (N.East Bronx, NY/Manhattan Center) with 11. Robert Barker (Brownsville, NY/LaSalle Acad.) and Andrew Mungin (Highbridge, NY/Vanguard) both had 10 points each.

The Rams will finish off the fall semester after traveling to Pennsylvania this weekend for the Keystone College Holiday Tournament. They will play Marymount on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and then play in the Consolation or Championship game on Sunday at Noon or 2:00 p.m.

McKenzie’s Three Forces OT Against Maritime
December 11, 2004

Farmingdale State         75 (OT)
Maritime College          72

Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) hit a three pointer with barely any time remaining to tie the score at 67 and send the Rams into overtime against conference opponent Maritime College. Farmingdale outscored the Privateers 8-5 in OT for a 75-72 victory, as junior Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) scored five of the Rams eight points. The Rams are now 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the Skyline, while Maritime falls to 0-8, 0-2 Skyline.

McKenzie finished with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) was second in scoring with 20 and grabbed a game-high 13 boards. Freshman Warren McAllister (Far Rockaway, NY/Far Rockaway) tallied a career-high 13 points including three three’s.

For Maritime, Gary Browne (Blauvelt, NY/Tappan Zee) and Gerard Danzy (Monroeville, AL/Hillcrest) posted 15 points each for the Privateers. Jonathan Holler (N. Tonawand, NY/Cardinal O’Hara), Robert Benton (Montgomery, AL/GW Carver) and Marc Lashley (Queens, NY/Holy Cross) each finished with 10.

Farmingdale will host CCNY on Tuesday, December 14th in a non-conference doubleheader with the women’s team. The women play at 6:00pm, men play at 8:00pm.

Rams Defeat Manhattanville in Conference Opener
December 7, 2004

Manhattanville 68
Farmingdale State         88

Farmingdale State (2-3, 1-0 Skyline) defeated visiting Manhattanville College Valiants (4-3, 1-2 Skyline) 88-68 in a home conference game. The Rams took a 44-24 commanding lead into the half led by Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows), who posted a double-double in the first half with 16 points and 10 boards. Manhattanville trailed 60-36 with 14 minutes remaining before going on a 17-2 run led by freshman Donte Chisolm (Mt. Vernon, NY/St. Raymond’s) and junior Mike Benziger (Sonoma, CA/Sonoma Valley). Farmingdale did not let the lead slip past nine and would go on for their first conference victory of the season.

Farmingdale was led by McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) with a final tally of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) added a second double-double for the Rams with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Farmingdale had three other players in double figures. Jimmy Williams (Philadelphia, PA/Cedar Grove) totaled 14 points, Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) finished with 12 points and Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) posted 10 points.

Manhattanville finished with four in double digits. Benziger tallied 18 points, John DiBetta (Valhalla, NY/Valhalla) finished with 16 points, Chisolm had 11 points and Jerry Fiefie (Stamford, CT/Quinnipiac) with 10 points.

The Rams travel to Maritime College on Saturday, December 11th for a conference double-header. The women tip-off at Noon, the men tip-off at 2:00 p.m.

Rams Fall to Visiting New Jersey City
December 2, 2004

New Jersey City University       86
Farmingdale State                     78

Farmingdale fell to 1-3 overall in a 78-86 loss to New Jersey City (3-2). The Rams showed promise early as they battled with the Knights throughout the first half taking the lead five times. Farmingdale trailed 43-39 at the half and could not gain the lead in the second.

Leaders for the Rams were Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) and Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) with 20 points each. McMillan also added 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Damien McKenzie (Lakeview, NY/Malverne) finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds, with 12 of his points coming in the first half.

Ben Balcom (Monroe, NJ/St.Patrick’s) and Abraham Williams (Jersey City, NJ/Lincoln) led New Jersey City with 21 points each. Rajahn Jones (Roselle, NJ/Pocono Mountain) finished with 14 points and 3 steals.

Farmingdale hosts Manhattanville on Tuesday, December 7th at 8pm.

Bearcats Defeat Rams 89-68
November 30, 2004

Farmingdale State         68
Baruch College 89

The Rams fell to 1-2 overall after a non-conference 89-68 loss to the Baruch College Bearcats (4-1). Baruch won their third consecutive game and finished with five total players in double-digits. Louie Karis (Brooklyn, NY/Xaverian) and Cheick Fadika (Abidjan, Ivory Coast/Petit College, Morocco) led the Bearcats with 17 points each. The Rams were outscored 50-30 in the second half as they struggled shooting 22-percent from the field.

Farmingdale’s Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) finished with 18 points and 19 rebounds, his third straight double-double. Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/Bryant) totaled 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Mike Kerrigan (Brooklyn, NY/South Shore) had 11 points, including three three’s.

The Rams host New Jersey City University on Thursday, December 2nd in a non-conference double-header. The women tip-off at 6pm, the men at 8pm.

Kenny McMillan Named to All-Tourney Team
November 21, 2004

Farmingdale      81
Kenyon            70

Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Roanoke Invitational in Salem, Virginia. Kenny led the Rams to a third place finish as they defeated Kenyon College 81-70 in the consolation round on Sunday afternoon. McMillan finished with game-highs of 22 points and 17 rebounds.

Freshmen Damien McKenzie (Rockville Centre, NY/Malverne) and Brandon Nieves (New York, NY/All Hallows) both posted 14 points for Farmingdale. Senior guard Mike Kerrigan (Brooklyn, NY/South Shore) finished with 12 points.

Farmingdale State will tip-off next on Tuesday, November 30th at Baruch College at 7:30 p.m.

Kenny Mac Leads Rams Against Roanoke
November 20, 2004

Roanoke          72
Farmingdale      69

Farmingdale opened the 2004-05 season in the Salem Bank and Trust Tip-Off Tournament at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. The Rams faced host Roanoke College in first round action on Saturday night. Farmingdale trailed 42-33 at halftime but made a come back as they trailed by one-point twice late in the second. Roanoke, however, would seal the victory with two seconds remaining as Jared Butler (Springfield, VA/West Springfield) made a free throw for a three-point lead.

The Rams were led by Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) who had 22 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. He ended the contest with eight offensive rebounds, seven coming in the second half. Freshman Brandon Nieves (New York, NY/All Hallows) also reached double-figures for Farmingdale with 12 points, while Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/Bryant) grabbed 8 rebounds and posted 7 points.

Farmingdale will face Kenyon College in the consolation game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Men's and Women's Basketball Season Openers
November 18, 2004

The men's and women's basketball teams will open the 2004-05 season this weekend. The men's team will be traveling to Salem, Virginia to take part in the Salem Bank and Trust Tournament at Roanoke College. The women will be traveling to NYU to compete in the NYU Tip-Off Tournament. The Skyline preseason poll was released on November 17th with the women ranking 2nd and the men ranking 4th by the Skyline opposing coaches.

The men open up against Roanoke College on Saturday at 7pm, while the tourney starts with Goucher and Kenyon College at 5pm. The championship or consolation game is on Sunday at 1pm or 3pm.

The women's opener will take place on Friday at 8pm against Cortland State. NYU and Staten Island tip off at 6pm. NYU is currently ranked 3rd in the D3Hoops.com preseason women's poll. The championship or consolation game will be played on Saturday at 6 or 8pm.

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