Highlighting the night for St. Joseph's was senior guard Olivier Laurent (Amityville, NY/St. Anthony's) scoring his 1,000thcareer point at 15:54 in the second half on a lay-up. Laurent finished the game with 16 points and seven rebounds, including scoring six of the eight Eagles points to seal the game in the last minute and a half of the contest.
Leading the scoring for SJC was senior center Shahab Syed (Huntington, NY/St. Anthony's) who had one of his best games of the year as he went 7-for-9 from the field, including 3-of-3 from three-point range, and six boards. Syed drew the toughest match-up of the night as he guarded Farmingdale's seven foot center AJ Matthews (Brooklyn, NY/Van Arsdale), who poured in 18 points, grabbed a game-high 20 rebounds and blocked seven shots.
St. Joseph's put forward another balanced scoring attack as five players reached double figures. Trey Black (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) finished with 12 points and seven assists, Chris Jimenez (Huntington Station, St. Anthony's) scored 12 and Eric Klingsberg (Bayside, NY/Holy Cross) chipped in with 10.
Farmingdale State was led by Josh Smith (Deer Park, NY/Deer Park) putting up a game-high 25 points along with eight boards.
The Golden Eagles trailed by one point at the half (37-36) and trailed until the 6:27 mark of the second half despite tying the game four times in the previous 14 minutes. Syed gave the Eagles a five-point cushion with a lay-up and three-pointer in back-to-back possessions around the five minute mark.
St. Joseph's next game is this Saturday evening at 5:30 pm when they host the Sage Gators (9-10, 5-8 SKY). They then travel to Maritime (2-18, 2-11 SKY) on Tuesday.