March 7, 2009

Courtesy of Farmingdale State Athletics

Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State men's basketball team advances to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament after defeating MIT tonight, 67-61, in a second round game played at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. The Rams will await word of their next opponent for the Sectional Round game on Friday, March 13th.

In the first, MIT held a seven point lead, 22-15, before Farmingdale used an 18-4 run to close out the half and take a 33-26 advantage into the locker room. Senior guard Damien Santana (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grady) scored 20 points in the first, hitting 4-of-5 from long range, while Jimmy Bartolotta scored 16 for the Engineers.

The second half called for a 7-0 run by MIT to tie the score at 45-45 with 11:36 left to play and a three-pointer by Jamie Karraker gave the Engineers a three point advantage, 48-45. Senior forward Erastus Shannon (Amityville, N.Y./Copiague) made a jumper and a layup for Farmingdale State, to put the Rams back up on one, 48-47.

Bradley Gampel responded with a layup on the other end, 49-48 Engineers lead, but it would be the last lead they held as Farmingdale would score 12 of the next 14 points to make it 61-54 Rams with 4:53 remaining in the game.

MIT cut the deficit back down to three, 58-61, with 2:28 on the clock, but senior guard Joe Cammarata (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur) retaliated with a layup, 58-63. Karraker hit another three to make it 61-63 Farmingdale State, but junior forward Mike Campbell (Bronx, N.Y./Samuel Gompers) sank two crucial free throws with 33 seconds left, followed by two free throws by Cammarata, to secure the victory and a spot in the Sweet 16 of the Tournament.

Santana led for the Rams with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Shannon scored 16 points, five assists and three blocks. Cammarata finished with 14 points for the night.

For MIT, Bartolotta scored 27 points, Karraker scored 12 points and Billy Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds.

More to follow with who the Rams face next weekend in the Sectional Round.