Written by Nick Esposito (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Farmingdale, NY| Senior forward Dominique Spann led all scorers with 20 points, but it wasn't enough as St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's hoops was defeated by the Farmingdale Rams, 69-51, on Thursday night. The loss drops the Golden Eagles to a 9-13 (8-9 Skyline) record—St. Joseph's second defeat against Farmingdale this season—while the Rams improve to a .500 mark (11-11, 11-6 Skyline).
The contest was a tale of two halves, as the Golden Eagles provided a sensational offensive performance in the first half. Spann's remarkable showing from the field, dropping 16-of-20 points while shooting 60 percent from the field. At 6:48, Spann connected from beyond the arc to cap off a 21-12 run to give St. Joseph's one of its largest leads of the night at 33-24.
As time progressed in the first half, the Rams offense continued to pick up the tempo and scored on a time-expiring three-point play to cut the deficit to 37-35 heading into intermission.
The Ram's first-half surge translated into the second half, opening the period with an explosive 25-8 run. The Golden Eagles fought to stop the bleeding, but the home team's shots continued to drop as it outscored St. Joseph's 34-14 to pick up the decisive victory, 69-51.
Outside of his scoring, Spann also was a presence on the opposite side of the court, adding five rebounds and a block to his night.
Forward Isaiah Moore was St. Joseph's' secondary scorer, logging nine points while snatching three steals.
On a quiet scoring night from the Golden Eagles' season leading scorer—Andy Laurent (6)—the dynamic junior was able to help his team in other facets by leading the team with four assists and working the glass for five boards.
St. Joseph's College's next contest is set for this Sunday (Feb. 18) as the men prepare to travel to Purchase St. to take on the Panthers in a Skyline Conference battle at 1:00 PM. Follow live here.