Rams Fall to St. Joe's in Conference Action

Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis

St. Joseph's - 83, Farmingdale State - 72

Farmingdale, N.Y. - Farmingdale State fell 83-72 to visiting St. Joseph's tonight in Skyline Conference men's basketball action in Farmingdale, N.Y. The Rams fall to 8-4, 4-1 with the loss, while the Golden Eagles improved to 10-3 overall and remain undefeated in the conference at 7-0.

In the first half, the Rams led by as much as 12 before St. Joe's went on a 19-5 run and took the lead on a three-pointer by senior guard Chris Jimenez (Huntington Station, N.Y.) to make it 30-28 with 6:27 remaining before the break. A dunk by junior forward AJ Matthews (Brooklyn, N.Y.) would end the Golden Eagles run and tied the game at 30-30.

St. Joe's responded on the next possession to take the lead 32-30 and Matthews followed with a layup to tie the score for the second time of the night, 32-32.

Rams junior guard Ryan Davis (Flushing, N.Y.) forced a turnover the next trip down the court which would allow Matthews to come in for another dunk to give his team back the lead at 34-32. St. Joe's made three straight baskets from long range and would hold a 49-43 advantage at the break.

Leading scorers at the break were Farmingdale's Matthews with 16 points and nine boards and Golden Eagles' senior guard Olivier Laurent (Amityville, N.Y.) with 19 points.

In the second, Farmingdale slowly chipped away and would tie the score on a three-pointer from senior guard Dyshaun Flournoy (Brentwood, N.Y.), 56-56, with 16:10 to play. The Golden Eagles used a 6-0 run to take back the lead, 62-56 and the closest the Rams would get was two points the rest of the way.

Matthews finished with a game-high 28 points and 15 rebounds, shooting 13-of-17 from the field. Flournoy had 15 points, while Davis grabbed 10 rebounds and scored seven points.

St. Joe's made 12 three-pointers on the night and was led by Laurent had team-highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Senior forward Steven Velazquez (Hauppauge, N.Y.)  had 19 points, 5-of-8 from three-point territory.

The Rams will now host Sage in another conference game on Saturday, January 14th at 3:00 p.m.