STANDISH, ME - ChrisPetzy '12
(Kensington, NH) scored a career-high 19 points and
TylerKelley '11 (Saco, ME) also
netted 19 to help lift Saint Joseph's (7-1, 3-0 GNAC) to an 82-76
triumph over non-conference opponent Farmingdale State College
(2-6) on Saturday afternoon at the Harold Alfond Center.
Shahee Martin '11 (Lakeview, NY) paced all scorers with 28
points and added 9 boards and 5 assists for the visiting Rams.
Nikita Davis '11 (Brooklyn, NY) notched a double-double with 16
points and a game-high 12 boards, 9 of which came on the offensive
end. Farmingdale has participated in the NCAA DIII Tournament in
three of the last four seasons and advanced to the Elite 8, where
the Rams fell to eventual national runner-up Richard
Stockton, last year after defeating University of New England
and MIT in the first two rounds.
Free throws proved to be the difference in the first-ever
matchup between the two teams. The Monks, off to the program's best
start since the 9-1 opening to the 2002-03 season, converted 81%
(17-21) of their attempts from the charity stripe in the victory.
Farmingdale State countered with a 50% (11-22) effort. Also,
neither team clicked from three-point range, as the two programs
combined for a paltry 23.2% (10-43) rate from beyond the arc.
The first half featured 10 lead changes, most of which occurring
in the first five minutes of play. Farmingdale held a slim
advantage for the better part of the opening stanza and led 26-21,
after an Alby Skrelji '13 (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) layup, with 7:10
remaining in the first half.
The Monks began to regain control on their next two possessions,
however, as a jumpshot by ZachO'Brien '12 (Schenectady, NY) and a three by
Kelley made it a tie game, 26-26, with 6:31 to go
in the first.
On the next SJC possession, O'Brien drained
both freebies after an intentional foul call on Skrelji, who
provided the Rams with their final share of the lead with a jumper
on the visitors' next trip down the floor. With the game knotted at
28 apiece, the Monks rattled off eight unanswered points as part of
a 15-6 run in the closing five minutes of the opening half and
carried a 43-34 lead into the intermission.
The pesky Rams maintained a single-digit deficit for the
majority of the second stanza. The Monks' largest lead of the
afternoon - 74-61 after Jones connected on a pair
of free throws at the 3:31 mark - was decimated by 13-6 FSC surge
in the waning minutes. If St. Joe's had not posted a solid 7-9
effort from the FT line in the final two minutes, the outcome could
very well have been different.
Saint Joseph's shot 46.8% (29-62) from the floor, 26.9% (7-26)
from beyond the arc, and 81% (17-21) from the FT line, while
Farmingdale shot 41.3% (31-75) overall, 17.6% (3-17) from
three-point range and 50% (11-22) from the charity stripe.
The Rams outworked the Monks on the glass, 53-30, and grabbed 27
offensive boards in the losing effort. The rebound tally is the
most given up by St. Joe's since the Monks allowed Norwich to grab
53 on December 3rd, 2008. St. Joe's has lost the rebound
battle three times this season and just 11 times since the 58-52
win over the Cadets in early December last winter, a span of 30
For St. Joe's, O'Brien added 17 points and 5
caroms, Jones netted 9 points and 8 boards and
Ray Eatmon '10 (Huntington, NY)
posted an all-around effort with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4
blocks and 4 steals.
Skrelji chipped in with 12 points and 8 boards and Andre Martin
'11 (Bronx, NY) added 11 points and 5 caroms in the losing effort
for the Rams.
Saint Joseph's will play at Bowdoin on Wednesday, January
6th at 7:00 PM, while Farmingdale is set to host Skyline
Conference counterpart NYU-Poly on Tuesday, January 5th
at 6:00 PM.
Farmingdale State vs St. Joseph's (Me.)
1/3/2010 3:00 PM at Alfond Center, Standish, ME
At Alfond Center, Standish, ME
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) 82, FARMINGDALE STATE 76
FARMINGDALE STATE (2-6)
Martin, Shahee 10-17 6-6 28; Davis, Nikita 7-15 2-5 16; Skrelji,
0-1 12; Martin, Andre 4-6 3-4 11; Howard, Terrence 1-4 0-2 3;
1-11 0-0 2; Kulik, Jason 1-3 0-0 2; Riefenhauser, Ryan 1-1 0-0 2;
Christian 0-1 0-0 0; Ambrose, Tymel 0-5 0-4 0. Totals 31-75 11-22
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) (7-1)
Tyler Kelley 8-15 0-0 19; Chris Petzy 6-12 4-6 19; Zach O'Brien
5-13 6-7 17;
Rashon Jones 3-10 3-3 9; Ray Eatmon 3-4 2-3 8; Alberto Rue 2-5 0-0
Anthony Savino 1-2 2-2 4; Julio Vazquez 1-1 0-0 2; Tom Ray 0-0 0-0
29-62 17-21 82.
Farmingdale State............. 34 42
St. Joseph's (Me.)............ 43 39
3-point goals--Farmingdale State 3-17 (Martin, Shahee 2-3; Howard,
1-2; Oliver, Ricco 0-9; Kulik, Jason 0-2; Davis, Nikita 0-1), St.
(Me.) 7-26 (Chris Petzy 3-7; Tyler Kelley 3-9; Zach O'Brien 1-4;
0-2; Rashon Jones 0-4). Fouled out--Farmingdale State-Martin,
Joseph's (Me.)-None. Rebounds--Farmingdale State 53 (Davis, Nikita
Joseph's (Me.) 30 (Rashon Jones 8). Assists--Farmingdale State 13
Shahee 5), St. Joseph's (Me.) 17 (Ray Eatmon 6). Total
State 18, St. Joseph's (Me.) 15. Technical fouls--Farmingdale
St. Joseph's (Me.)-None. A-153