Farmingdale, N.Y. – St. Joseph's defeated Farmingdale State, 83-72, in a battle of the Skyline Conference "unbeaten" in Farmingdale, N.Y. Tuesday night. The Eagles improved to 10-3 overall and remain undefeated in the conference at 7-0. The Rams fell to 8-4, and 4-1 Skyline with the loss.
In the first half, the Rams led by as much as 12 before St. Joseph'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.
The Golden Eagles responded on the next possession to take the lead 32-30 on a layup by Skyline Player of the Week Olivier Laurent (Amityville, N.Y) 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. SJC's Steve Velasquez (Hauppauge, N.Y.) hit three three-point field goals in the last four minutes of the half and St. Joseph's was able to open up a nine point lead before heading into the locker room with a 49-43 advantage at the break.
Leading scorers at the half were Farmingdale's Matthews with 16 points and nine boards and Golden Eagles' senior guard Laurent with 19 points.
In the second half, 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 on a three by Trey Black (Bayport, N.Y.) and a jumper by Shahab Syed (Huntington, N.Y.) to take back the lead, 62-56 and the closest the Rams would get was two points the rest of the way. A three by Vincent Russo (Sayville, N.Y.) would stretch the lead to 67-60 as the clock ticked below 10 minutes.
St. Joseph's made 12 three-pointers on the night and was led by Laurent team-highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Velazquez finished with 19 points on 5-of-8 from three-point territory. Black (16 points, nine rebounds) and Russo (13 points, six rebounds) also finished in double figures for the Eagles.
For Farmingdale, 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.
The Eagles next game will be at home Tuesday evening as they play another Skyline opponent, Mount Saint Vincent, at 7:00 p.m. in the Danzi Center.
August 9, 2012 Laurent, Jimenez & Mateyko Make All-Long Island Team
April 18, 2012 Chris Jimenez Named to All-MET Team for Second Time
March 13, 2012 Chris Jimenez Named to NABC All-Atlantic Team
March 13, 2012 Olivier Laurent Named to D3Hoops All-Region Team
February 27, 2012 Golden Eagles Selected for 2012 NCAA Tournament
February 23, 2012 Top-Seeded Eagles Upset by #4 Purchase in Skyline Semi's
February 22, 2012 Chris Jimenez Named ECAC Metro Player of the Week
February 21, 2012 Three Eagles Named to Skyline All-Conference Team
February 21, 2012 Jimenez Named Skyline Basketball Co-Player of the Week
February 18, 2012 Eagles Grab Top Seed in Skyline Tourney
February 11, 2012 Trey Black Scores 1,000th Career Point as Eagles Cruise Past Yeshiva
February 4, 2012 Russo's Nine Three’s Leads SJC over Sage, Black Puts Up 25 points
February 1, 2012 Laurent Scores 1,000th Career Point as SJC Upends Farmingdale Again
January 28, 2012 Jimenez's Six Three's Allow Eagles to Soar Past Panthers
January 18, 2012 Golden Eagles Roll by Mount Saint Vincent, 110-95
January 17, 2012 Laurent and the Eagles Spotlighted by D3Hoops.com
January 11, 2012 Eagles Outshoot Rams to Remain Perfect In Skyline Play
January 10, 2012 Laurent & Redding Each Named Skyline Player of the Week for Jan. 9
December 23, 2011 Bender & Black Win Skyline Player of the Week - Winter Report #5
December 12, 2011 Ramapo Hands St. Joseph's First Loss of Season
December 6, 2011 Skyline Winter Report #3 - Jimenez Makes Men's Honor Roll
December 1, 2011 Skyline Winter Report #2 - Bender Wins Women's Player of the Week
November 22, 2011 Skyline Winter Report #1-Jimenez Wins First MBB Player of the Week Award
November 2, 2011 Eagles Finish Second in Preseason Skyline Men's Basketball Poll