KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 15, 2019) – The USMMA men's basketball team held a Farmingdale State team that came into the night ranked 26th in the nation with 87.1 points per game to just 55 points, a season-low for the Rams, in an exciting 66-55 Skyline triumph on Tuesday night at the Liebertz Gym. The victory improves the Mariners' record to 5-8 (3-6 Skyline), while FSC falls to 10-7 (8-4 Skyline) in defeat.
Senior David Washington (Frisco, Texas) drained a game-high 27 points to go along with six rebounds, three blocks and three steals, while freshman Blaine McDonough (Marietta, Ga.) recorded his first-career double-double with 11 points and 14 boards. Sophomore James Walsh (Huntington, N.Y.) rounded out Merchant Marine's scorers in double-figures with 15 points.
The Mariners led 9-6 just over five minutes into the game, but the Rams responded with a quick 10-0 run to take a 16-9 lead at 11:20. Merchant Marine fought back to within one at 7:16 and play was pretty even throughout the remainder of the half, with Farmingdale taking just a three-point advantage, 27-24, into the halftime break.
In the second half, the visitors went up by seven again twice in the first five-plus minutes, including at 14:35 when went ahead 37-30. A 10-2 run in just over three minutes by the Mariners gave the hosts their first lead of the half, 40-39, at 11:07.
The two teams found themselves knotted up at 42-42 a little while later, but that's when USMMA began to apply the pressure. Over the span of nine minutes, the Mariners went on a 16-6 run to build up a healthy 10-point lead, 58-48, with just 1:10 to play. Then they did what they've done best these past couple games and that was secure the victory with late free throws, as they hit 6-of-6 from the charity swipe in the final minute.
Two players scored in double-digits for Farmingdale, with senior George Riefenstahl leading the way with 14 to go along with a team-best seven rebounds. Classmate Matthew Graham added 11 points in the losing effort.
Up next, the Mariners will host Skyline rival SUNY Maritime this Thursday, Jan. 17. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Liebertz Gymnasium. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Men's Basketball Schedule Page.
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