Late Rally Falls Short for Men's Basketball

Rams squeak past Jays 79-74

Junior Anthony Matolla picks up a double-double in loss to Farmingdale.

FARMINGDALE, NY -  Skyline Conference men's basketball play resumed Tuesday night for both the NYU-Poly and Farmingdale squads and when the final horn sounded, it was the Rams holding on for a 79-74 victory.

NYU-Poly erased a 35-22 halftime deficit and rallied behind junior Jason Buckner (Littleton, CO) and junior Anthony Matolla's (Brooklyn, NY)  20 points each to turn the contest around. Despite turning the ball over 21 times and falling behind by as much as 20 points in the second half, the Jays managed to put together an impressive 17-5 run with just 3:53 to play.  A three by sophomore Eddie Ortiz (Brooklyn, NY)  made it 73-69 wth 28 seconds to go. After a pair of Farmingdale free throws, sophomore Eric Southworth (Dutch Harbor, AK)  nailed another money ball with 14 ticks left to make it a one possesion game 75-72. 

After two missed free throws, freshmen  Darian Crosby (Denver, CO) scored on a layup with 8 seconds remaining to make it 75-74, but that would be as close at NYU-Poly would come, as a a turnover on their final possession sealed their fate.

NYU-Poly shot 17-of-22 from the free throw line to Farmingdale's 17-of-33. The Jays were 7-of-26 from three point land, while the Rams shot 4-of-13. NYU-Poly falls to 2-6 overall, and 0-3 in the Skyline while the Rams improve to 3-6 overall, and 3-1 in the conference. NYU-Poly travels to winless Bard on Thursday night for another Skyline matchup.