Second year head coach Erik Smiles and the Farmingdale State men's basketball team has been nothing but successful this season. After starting off 2-3 overall, they won two conference games to get over the .500 hump at 4-3 and then won their first-ever regular-season tournament, the Rees Jewelers Christmas Classic, on December 30th to go into the break with a 6-3 overall record. Right now, the Rams are currently 10-3, 6-0 in the Skyline and riding an eight-game win streak, along with a stretch of 22 consecutive regular-season conference victories dating back to February 14th, 2004.
To add to their success on the court, the team is ranked nationally in seven categories and has three players who individually rank among all Division III players in the nation, including one player leading the nation in three-point field goal percentage.
Sophomore Peter Lipka (Shelton, CT/Shelton) has moved to #1 on the National Rankings this week, shooting 57.4% in 3-point field-goals. Lipka is tied at 49th with senior teammate Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY/W.C. Bryant) for 3-point field-goals per game with 2.9. Warren also ranks 33rd in 3-point field-goal percentage and 64th for assists per game with 4.8. Senior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows), Farmingdale State's All-Time leading scorer, is ranked 5th with 11.8 rebounds per game and 34th in steals per game with 2.7.
As a team, the Rams rank 3rd in the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage at 44.3%, 19th in rebound margin (8.8), 21st in 3-point field-goals per game (9.1), 30th for field-goal percentage defense (39.6), 54th in scoring margin at 9.7, and 60th in both scoring offense (79.3 points per game) and won-lost percentage (75.0%).
Each week on Monday mornings, the conference commissioner sends the stats for each team to the NCAA, which is then ranked among all NCAA Division III schools and posted on www.ncaasports.com.