Farmingdale St. drops Hartwick in OT
Rams go on 15-0 overtime run to salt away victory
ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Farmingdale State outscored Hartwick 17-7 in overtime, as the Rams defeated the Hawks 98-88 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
AJ Matthews led Farmingdale State with 33 points and 19 rebounds. Ryan Davis scored a season-high 16 points and tied his school record with 11 assists. Dyshaun Flournoy added 17 points. Joshua Smith chipped in 12 points and Ibrahim Johnson added 11 points.
For Hartwick, Jared Suderley scored a career-high 40 points and eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in his career. He also added a team-high 17 rebounds. Chris Ryder contributed 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Anthony Kean chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Mike Geisser added 10 points, five rebounds and two steals.
The Hawks found themselves in a hole early in the game as Farmingdale raced out to a 10-2 lead. Hartwick settled down and would go on a 16-7 run and take the lead, 18-15 with 13:10 to play in the first. The teams would exchange baskets until a quick 9-0 spurt by the Hawks put them ahead 27-21.
Hartwick lead would increase to eight and then to 10 following a layup by Suderley with 31 seconds left. The Hawks would lead 41-31 at halftime.
In the second half, Hartwick would push its lead to 13 points but an 11-2 Ram cut the lead to four. Farmingdale would eventually take the lead at 8:05 following a layup by Matthews. The rest of the game was a seesaw battle as both teams would exchange baskets back and forth.
Farmingdale would have a two-point lead, 81-79, with 42 seconds left on the clock. Two Keane free throws would knot the score at 81-all.
After Matthews missed a layup with 11 seconds left in the game, Keane secured the rebound and Hartwick would call a timeout. The Hawks had one more shot but Mark Blazek's potential game-winning 3-point shot was off the mark and the game went into overtime.
In the overtime period, layups by Geisser and Suderley gave Hartwick a four-point lead with 3:18 left to play. After a Rams score from Christian Nunez, Suderley drained a 3-pointer to increase the Hawk lead to five points with 2:24 remaining.
The lead, however, would disappear as the Hawks turned the ball over three times and Farmingdale would take advantage, going on a 15-0 run to close out the game and come away with the victory.
The Rams shot 49 percent from the field to Hartwick's 47 percent. Farmingdale had the better 3-point percentage as they shot 44 percent to the Hawks' 31 percent. Hartwick held a slight advantage in rebounds, 44-43.