Sage men power their way into the Skyline Tournament with 94-76 win over Maritime; Gators capture Skyline North Title

Sage men power their way into the Skyline Tournament with 94-76 win over Maritime; Gators capture Skyline North Title

Throggs Neck, NY—The Sage Colleges' men's basketball team visited Maritime College on Saturday afternoon in the final Skyline Conference regular-season contest. After trailing 46-43 at the half, Sage posted a strong second half and rolled to the 94-76 win. The Gators will bring a five-game win streak into the Skyline Conference Tournament, having posted a 12-4 record in Skyline play and have earned the top seed in the North Division and winning the regular-season title in the division. Sage is now 16-9 overall, while Maritime drops to 10-14 overall and 5-11 in the league.

For the third time this season, Sage's senior forward Marcus Patterson (Bronx, NY/Mount Saint Michael Academy) turned in a 30 point performance. He led the Gators after connecting for an 11-23 effort from the floor and was a perfect 8-8 from the line. He also added six rebounds to help the Gators to the key league win. Patterson is making his climb in the program's all-time record book and after his showing on Saturday has 986 career points and is now the team's third all-time leading scorer after he passed Melvin Ford (976 points, 2012-2016). Patterson has also hauled in 543 boards, which ranks second all-time having made his 100th appearance at Sage against Maritime.

Senior forward Rob Mills (Newburgh, NY/Newburgh Free Academy) added 21 points for Sage with a 7-12 performance from the floor with four baskets from three point range. Joining him in double-digit scoring was junior guard Jordan Devaughn (Jacksonville, FL/Flora McDonald Academy) as he finished with 13 points. Junior center Thiago Conceicao (El Portal, FL/Westwood Christian) added 10 points for the Gators with four boards and five blocked shots. Conceicao leads the team this season with his 46 blocked shots which and is currently third on the Gator single-season record book.

Next up for the Gators is the 2017 Skyline Conference Tournament, which opens on Tuesday, February 21 with the six-team field being announced with pairings this evening. The first round victors will meet in the semifinals on Thursday, February 23 and the championship taking place on Saturday, February 25 at the home court of the highest remaining seeded team. Sage, which won the league's tournament and regular-season crown in 2015 is appearing in the Skyline Tournament for the fifth straight year.

Link to Skyline Men's Basketball Championship Page

NEW YORK – With regular-season play wrapping up on Saturday, the six-team field for the 2017 Skyline Conference Men's Basketball Championship is now set.
First-round play takes place Tuesday night (Feb. 21) at 7 p.m., with semifinals action taking place Thursday (Feb. 23) – also at 7 p.m. The conference final will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on Saturday (Feb. 25), with the winner securing the Skyline's automatic bid to the
2017 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship.
Head coach Brendan Twomey's Farmingdale State College team (18-7 / 14-2 Skyline) earned the top seed in the championship after winning the South Division crown, and earns a bye into Thursday's semifinal round. Also earning a first-round bye is second-seeded The Sage Colleges (16-9 / 12-4), who captured the North Division title.
With divisional play instituted for the first time in the Skyline this season, the second-place teams in each division – SUNY Old Westbury (17-8 / 13-3) and SUNY Purchase College (16-9 / 10-6) – earned the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively.
Old Westbury will play host to a Tuesday semifinal at Clark Athletic Center against sixth-seeded St. Joseph's College-Long Island (10-15 / 9-7), while Purchase welcomes fifth-seeded Yeshiva University (15-9 / 11-5) on campus at the same time.
FSC will take on the Yeshiva/Purchase winner Thursday in semifinals action at the Walter A. Lynch Sports Center in Farmingdale, while the St. Joseph's-Long Island/Old Westbury victor will travel to Kahl Gym in Albany to take on the Gators.
2017 Skyline Conference Men's Basketball Championship
Twitter: #SkylineMBB ; @SkylineConf
Seeds
1. Farmingdale State (18-7 / 14-2 Skyline)
2. Sage (16-9 / 12-4)
3. Old Westbury (17-8 / 13-3)
4. Purchase (16-9 / 10-6)
5. Yeshiva (15-9 / 11-5)
6. St. Joseph's-Long Island (10-15 / 9-7)
First Round – Tuesday, February 21
Yeshiva at Purchase, 7 p.m.
St. Joseph's-Long Island at Old Westbury, 7 p.m.
Semifinals – Thursday, February 23
St. Joseph's-Long Island/Old Westbury winner at Sage, 7 p.m.
Yeshiva/Purchase winner at Farmingdale State, 7 p.m.
Final – Saturday, February 25 *
Semifinal winners, time TBA (at highest-remaining seed)
* Accommodations will be made for religious observances
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