NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Men’s Basketball team suffered a 60-45 loss to visiting Farmingdale State on Friday afternoon in the second game of a season-long three game home stand. Senior Tyler McDine was the lone Knight to score in double-figures, netting a team-high 13 points.
Mount Saint Mary got off to a good start in the game and opened a 12-8 advantage on the Rams following a pair of Kendall Francis free-throws with 13:18 left in the opening frame. The Knights remained in front until late in the first half, but after a McDine bucket moved the Mount in front 16-13 it went over six minutes without a field goal.
A Paul Seinke (Washington, D.C.) conversion with 5:16 left in the half ended the drought, but the visiting Rams closed the frame on a 9-2 run to take the lead for good in the game and carry a 24-20 lead into the intermission. The Mount went 2-for-18 after the McDine conversion with just over 11 minutes left in the half and finished the frame shooting 25-percent from the floor overall.
Farmingdale State come out of halftime on Friday with a 13-1 run to spread its lead to 37-21 with 16:25 left in regulation. The Rams went 6-for-8 from the floor over the run, including a Chaz Platt three-pointer with 17:48 left in the contest.
Mount Saint Mary battled back to within nine points on an Isaiah Robinson triple with 7:46 left in the contest, but the visitors quickly spread the lead back out to 51-35 following an 8-1 run covering better than three minutes. The advantage reached a game-high 18 points late in regulation time when Matthew Graham converted a pair of free-throws with 1:21 left to play.
After shooting 37.5-percent in the opening 20 minutes, Farmingdale State improved to 46.9-percent after halftime to finish at 42.9-percent for the game. Graham led the scoring attack with 16 points, while George Riefenstahl hauled in a game-high 20 rebounds and chipped in with 15 points. Platt finished the game with six assists and seven points for the Rams.
McDine closed the day shooting 5-for-12 from the floor, adding four rebounds and a team-high three assists. Francis added seven points off the bench, while Andrew Holmes led the team with four rebounds.
Mount Saint Mary converted at a season-low 28.8-percent from the floor in the game, including a 5-for-25 effort from three-point range. Farmingdale State held a 34-20 advantage in paint points, while the Mount outscored the Rams off of turnovers and in second chance points 11-10.