Garcia Leads Purchase to Comeback Win Over Rams

Jeanette Spillane
Jeanette Spillane

Purchase College - 66, Farmingdale State - 59

Farmingdale, N.Y. - Purchase closed the game on an 11-3 run over the final 1:59 with junior forward Jazmin Garcia (Peekskill, N.Y.) scoring every point as they earned the comeback victory at Farmingdale State. Purchase improved to 6-6 overall and 2-3 in Skyline play, while the Rams fell to 5-7, 2-1.

Trailing 14-10 midway through the opening half, Farmingdale State junior guard Christina Merrill (Levittown, N.Y.) connected on a 3-pointer and sophomore forward Aries Adams (Bronx, N.Y.) hit 1-of-2 at the line to tie the game at 14-14.

In the final 5:01 of a low scoring first half, the Rams closed on a 15-5 run and took a 30-22 advantage into the break. Junior guard Camille Romero (Queens, N.Y.) had a team-high 12 points in the half for Farmingdale State, while Garcia had nine points for the Panthers.

Tied 43-43 with 9:11 remaining, Romero hit a 3-pointer and senior forward Lushanta Savadel (Bellport, N.Y.) made a pair at the free-throw line in the Rams next possession to give Farmingdale State a 48-43 lead.

After the Rams regained the lead 56-55, Garcia scored the final 11 points for Purchase as they earned the 66-59 conference win.

Romero had a team-high 22 points, while Merrill added 12 points and eight rebounds for Farmingdale State.

The Panthers were led by Garcia's game-high 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Farmingdale State next will travel to The Sage Colleges for a conference game on Monday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m.