Rams Draw Penn State Behrend in the First Round of the NCAA's
Regional Rounds Site - University of Rochester - Rochester, N.Y.
Friday, March 7th
Rams vs. Penn State Behrend - 6:00 p.m.
Middlebury vs. Rochester - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 8th
Winners play at 7:00 p.m.
General Admission $6.00
General Admission $6.00
Students with ID $3.00
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State men's basketball team won their second Skyline Championship in three years under fourth year head coach Erik Smiles (83-30 career coaching record, 4 years). The Rams were the top seed in the Skyline Playoffs and defeated Maritime 84-69 in the Semifinals and then St. Joe's - L.I. in the Finals 91-71 to receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Tourney. Farmingdale has drawn Penn State Behrend (23-4) as their opponent in the first round and will travel to the host site, University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., for the game on Friday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m. With a win, the men will face either Rochester (20-5) or Middlebury (19-7) on Saturday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Penn State Behrend, "The Lions", won the AMCC (Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference) Championship with a 57-54 win over Lake Erie and a 71-66 victory over Medaille in the Semifinal game. The team is led by senior center Kevin Buczynski with 15.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. As a team, they average 67.0 points per game and shoot .392 from long range. Sophomore guard Adam Kaiser is their leading three-point shooter with a .457 3-point field goal percentage, while two others also average over 40-percent from three-point territory.
The Rams, 22-5, are currently ranked 3rd in the Atlantic Region, 4th in the Nation in scoring (89.9) and 2nd in the Nation in Rebounding Margin (10.3). Farmingdale is led by Skyline Conference Player of the Year, junior guard Damien Santana. Santana averages 21.4 points, 6.3 rebounds. Senior guard Peter Lipka, a Second Team All-Skyline Selection, led the Conference in three-point field goal percentage (.457) and averaged 11.7 points. Senior forward Brian Robinson, the Skyline Tournament MVP, shoots .684 from the floor and pulls down 7 rebounds per game. Junior forward Erastus Shannon, a First Team All-Skyline selection, scores 12.1 points per game along with a team-leading 8.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. This year marks Farmingdale State's second trip to the NCAA Tournament in men's basketball, after becoming an NCAA Division III team in 2000 and just 5 years as a Skyline Conference member.