Albany, NY--- The Sage Colleges men's basketball team hosted the Rams of Farmingdale State College on Saturday afternoon in a Skyline Conference contest. Sage tallied the 88-75 win to knock off the Rams and equal both their overall and conference wins from a year ago, their first varsity season. Sage is now 7-8 overall and 5-6 in the Skyline Conference, while FSC drops to 9-7 overall and 8-3 in the league.
Sage's junior Dalton Austin-Michaud (Valatie, NY/Icahbod Crane) added a game-high 23 points off the bench to lead the team to their second straight win. He connected for 17 second-half points and shot a blistering 8-11 from the floor for the game, including 6-8 in the second stanza. He was the team's high rebounder as well with seven caroms.
The Gators held a 39-31 edge at the break as sophomore forward Matt Farbotko (Rouses Point, NY/Northeastern Clinton) led the Gators with his 12 points. He had 10 of the team's first 14 points of the game. He finished the afternoon with 19 points afternoon. In the first half, Sage shot 50.0% from the floor, making 14-of-28 field goals, while holding the Rams to 35.5% (11-31), including just 28.6% from beyond the arch (4-14).
Sophomore center Ryan Sager (Stuyvesant, NY/Ichabod Crane) connected for 10 points for the Gators and helped the team shoot 45.5% for the game (25-55), while holding the Rams to 38.8% (26-67). Sage also went to the free throw line 53 times, bettering last season's high of 50 (vs. Yeshiva). Sage converted 35 free throws for a game and had a 66.0% FT. They also shot 56.1% from the floor for the game as they made 37-of-66 shots and held a 43 to 41 edge on the boards.
FSC's junior guard Dyshaun Flournoy (Brentwood, NY/Brentwood) paced the Rams with 17 points, including seven in the first half and added six rebounds with five assists. Junior guard Josh Smith (Deer Park, NY/Deer Park) added 16 points with five steals, five rebounds and two assists.
FSC pulled with in four points, down 60-56 with 7:40 left but the Gators never allowed a tie in the second half and led by as many as 14 points (80-66, 0:44).
Sage returns to action on January 26 hosting the Dolphins of the College of Mt. St. Vincent at 7 p.m. in the Kahl Center, while FSC will travel to NYU-Poly for an 8 p.m. league contest the same evening.