Farmingdale State basketball team having historic season
Farmingdale State basketball player Nick Hurowitz has played for the Rams for five seasons. He recently scored his 1,000th career point. He's among the top 10 scorers in team history and a first-team all-conference player. But when you ask him about the most special part of his career, he says it's this season and this team.
To prove it, all Hurowitz has to do is point to the team history the Rams are making. Their 19-1 record is the best ever, and their 15-game winning streak is tied for the second longest in team history.
"Obviously, senior year you want it to be special. You want to do a lot of winning, so it's been fun. Doing it with guys I like playing with makes it special," said senior swingman and Valley Stream native Corey Powell. "There's a lot of swag and a lot of vibes, and we are embracing that. Last year, I'm not sure if we did. But we're embracing it and getting people's best shot every game."
Powell, Hurowitz, Aaron Davis and Jevon Santos are the Rams' "core." All of them are seniors and have started nearly every game in the past three seasons. Hurowitz said all of that time on the court has produced great chemistry between the four players. That chemistry has also produced a lot of points. The Rams' "core four" average 57 points per game.
"They've been in a lot of different game situations. There's not much an opposing team can throw at us that they haven't seen before," said head coach Brendan Twomey, who's now in his 11th season at Farmingdale State. "We've had close games but they don't seem to get rattled."
There was a three-point win over Wesleyan in November. There was a two-point win over St. Joseph's (Long Island) in December and an overtime win against the Eagles in January. The Rams also held off St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) in overtime in January. Each one of those wins is part of their current 15-game winning streak.
But Hurowitz says it's a close loss in the first round of last year's Division III NCAA Tournament that's motiving the Rams this season. That loss was to eventual national champion Christopher Newport University. The Rams fell 61-60 after Powell missed a potential buzzer beater at the end of the game.
"As much as it broke our heart, it really did give us the confidence that we could play with anyone at the D-III level," said Hurowitz.
And with one month to go before March Madness, Hurowitz - who starred at Mt. Sinai High School - told News 12 he's started to think about how special this Rams season has been.
"You can just feel it," he said.
The Rams will try to keep it going Saturday on the road against Yeshiva.