#13 Purchase - 55, Farmingdale State - 46
Farmingdale, N.Y. - Purchase College closed the game on an 18-3 run over the final 8:11 to earn a 55-46 victory over Farmingdale State this afternoon. The 13th-ranked Panthers improved to 16-1 overall and 10-0 in the Skyline Conference, while Farmingdale State now stands at 12-6, 8-3.
Leading 12-10 with 12:21 remaining in the first half, the Rams used a 9-0 run to increase their advantage to 11. Farmingdale State led 27-15, before seven straight Purchase points cut the deficit to 27-22 with 4:09 left in the half. After a Wilson Molina (Queens, N.Y.) 3-pointer, the Panthers hit two free-throw's, before Farmingdale State scored the final five points of the half and took a 35-24 advantage into the break.
The Rams increased the lead to 13 early in the second half, but a 11-2 Purchase run capped off by a David Haughton (Greenburgh, N.Y.) dunk pulled them within four, 41-37. The Panthers held Farmingdale State to only five points the final 9:12 to earn a 55-46 win and remain unbeaten in the Skyline Conference.
Purchase was led by junior center Joel Neri (Port Chester, N.Y.) who recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards, while blocking a game-high six shots.
Farmingdale State next will travel to Old Westbury for a conference game on Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00 p.m.