Ramapo College races past Farmingdale State for 8th win in a row
The motto Ramapo College Head Coach Chuck McBreen has preached is not focusing on the current winning streak, just to focus on the next game and most important game for the Roadrunners and trying to go 1-0 on that night. McBreen believes if that do that every time the win streak will be there.
Moving up to number six in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 and almost a week off after a 95-57 rout of Kean University, Ramapo College displayed no rust against Farmingdale State at the Bradley Center. Charging out to a 10-2 advantage early on, the Rams responded cutting the deficit to two points but that as close they would get the rest of the game. The duo of Christopher Moseley and Thomas Bonacum paved the way with Moseley scoring 11 of his game-high 15 points and Bonacum scoring all of his 10 points in the first half.
Runs of 7-0 and 7-2 put Ramapo up 46-24 at halftime. The Roadrunners were smoking from the perimeter shooting 55% along with 18 points from the bench, 24 points in the paint and outrebounding the Rams 22-12.
“Good to get Tommy (Bonacum) out of the gate , knocking down a few shots and something he has been struggling with and starting to get it going which is a big plus for us” “We go as Tommy goes and most important guy and our leader and will go as far as he leads us” McBreen said. “(Rob) Lewis and (Rob) McWilliams came into the game and gave us instant energy and our bench scored more than our starters”
“We said two things were important, limit them their easy buckets in transition because they like to get out on the go and dominate the backboards and able to do both of them tonight” “After the first game where we got whacked giving up 80 points we have started to play good defense and hope it continues”
In the second half, the Roadrunners did let up off the gas pedal expanding the lead to as much as 33 points that allowed McBreen to empty out the entire bench for the 87-49 victory. Ramapo’s bench ended up outscoring Farmingdale State’s bench 51 to 8 with Rob Lewis leading the group with 13. The Roadrunners defense amped up the intensity forcing the Rams into 27 turnovers that led to 29 points and held Farmingdale State to 33% shooting from the field.
“Amazing we were able to get the starters off the floor early, I think with 12 minutes and didn’t go back in and worked out really well tonight,” said McBreen. “We try to get the tempo in our favor and something we practice on every day and no team can stimulate in two days of practice the way we practice and our tempo makes it difficult for the other team”
Ramapo (9-1, 5-0 NJAC) gets to enjoy another five days off before returning to action next Thursday at Yeshiva University with tip-off at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Las Vegas for the D3Hoops.com Classic Tournament.
“A big game for us and need to take care of the next opponent and if fortunate to get by and focus on Ohio Wesleyan, the number 20 team in the country,” McBreen said.