Farmingdale State's Fourth Championship Comes Down to Last Second Versus Sage - Feb 28, 2017
Sophomore forward George Riefenstahl (6'7''-F) converted a layup with 0.6 seconds remaining Saturday night, as top-seeded Farmingdale State College captured its fourth Skyline Conference Men's Basketball Championship with a come-from-behind, 77-75 decision over visiting No. 2 seed The Sage Colleges.
The host Rams (20-7), which won Skyline titles in 2006, 2008 and 2012, receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship; selections will be announced Monday (Feb. 27) at 12:30 p.m. via a selection show on NCAA.com.
Sage (17-10) got 14 of Rob Mills (6'2''-G) 19 points on the night in the first half of play, and led by as many as 21 points with five-plus minutes to go before heading into the halftime break with a 43-29 advantage.
Farmingdale State, led by Championship Most Outstanding Player, sophomore guard Matthew Graham (6'0''-PG) (team-high 18 points), stormed back in the second stanza. A 20-3 spurt midway through the half sent the Rams in front by a 68-60 count with 3:15 to go.
However, Sage didn't go quietly, as it chipped away until a four-point play off a made trifecta in the left corner and free throw by Jordan Devaughn (6'2''-G) (13 pts.) knotted the game at 75-all with five seconds to play. From there, FSC pushed the ball up the court to George Riefenstahl (6'7''-F) (16 pts., 8-for-16 FG), who converted the eventual game-winning lay-up on the left side of the basket with 0.6 seconds showing when the ball cleared the netting. Devaughn's three-quarter-court desperation heave was swatted away at the horn, sending fourth-year FSC head coach Brendan Twomey's side into celebration mode.
Sophomore point guard Liam Monaghan (6'0''-PG) scored 14 points and dished out five assists in the triumph, while Sage was led by a game-best 20 points from senior Marcus Patterson (6'4''-G/F). Thiago Conceicao (6'6''-C, college: Maine-Presque I.) nearly collected a triple-double for the Gators, notching eight points, as many blocks and 10 rebounds.
Skyline Tournament Final: Farmingdale State - Sage 77-75
Skyline Tournament Semifinals:
Farmingdale State - Purchase 87-72
Sage - Old Westbury 84-77
Courtesy of SkylineConference