Corrigan, Amherst Falls Short In Final Four
For the second time in his college basketball career, Ray Corrigan fell just one game short of competing in the NCAA Division III Basketball Championship.
The Rockaway residents' team, The Amherst Jeffs, lost 64-60 to Wittenberg University last Friday night at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia. Corrigan, who made a valiant returning after breaking his Achilles tendon in his left knee, played only seven minutes and dished one assist.
With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Amherst went up by eight points and looked as if they were about to secure a berth in the title game. The Jeffs though went on a backbreaking dryspell as Wittenberg climbed back with an 11-0 run to make it 62-59. John Casanocha's three point attempt to tie the game in the waning seconds was missed as Wittenberg grabbed the rebound and secured the win.
Corrigan returned mid-season after redshirting the 2004-05 season but his mobility was limited to an only being on the floor for a few minutes. He started his final ballgame, a consolation 71-68 loss to Illinois Wesleyan. Amherst finished the year at 28-4.
The former Far Rockaway High School star has found success in Big Spring, Texas as Howard Community Junior College has burst onto the national polls as the #1 ranked NCJAA team in the country. At 32-1, Howard easily qualified for the NJCAA Division I Men's Championship which will take place in Hutchinson College in Hutchinson, Kansas starting on March 21.
Stonehill College ended the 2005-06 campaign and career of Carl Benn and the UMass Lowell River Hawks in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II Tournament on March 14.
Benn scored 14 points, including the first eight of the second half but Stonehill pulled away late for an 89-80 win. UML ended the season 21-10 and coach Ken Barer praised the efforts of not only departing leading scorer, senior Stacey Moragne but also Benn.
Benn scored the first 8 points of the half to cut Stonehill's lead to 44-38. "Carl has tremendous heart," Barer noted. "He willed us right back into the game in the second half."
Forbes' teammate at Far Rockaway, McAllister also saw time in the postseason. A contributor off the bench for Farmingdale State, McAllister was part of the team's best overall season in making the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Farmingdale State fell in the second round to Virginia Wesleyan, 71-63 in the second round of the tournament in early March. The sophomore finished the season averaging five points in 21 games.
There will be no postseason for Rhashon Clark as Iowa State's 16-14 record was not good enough to gain an at large NCAA berth or NIT invitation.
Clark scored 12 points as Oklahoma State eliminated the Cyclones 79-70 in the first round of the Big 12 post season tournament. He will be one of five starts to potentially return to next year's team along with leading scorer Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock.
The Far Rockaway senior guard was eliminated by South Alabama in the Aeropostale Sun Belt Conference Tournament, 78-53. It was Muldrow's final game of his collegiate career. He was involved in 57 games and had career highs in points with 11 per game.
The Delaware State basketball team fell one game short in their bid to reach the NCAA Tournament. Coppin State received the automatic NCAA bid by defeating Palmer and the Hornets 46-36 in the MEAC Tournament final on March 11. Palmer, who scored nine points in the loss, finished her sophomore campaign by playing all 30 games, scored 8.9 ppg and grabbed 6.9 rebounds a game.
The post-season ended in heartbreak for Robertson's Post Univsity Eagles in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament quarterfinals. With no time left, Dan Welch notched two free throws with no time remaining as Holy Family defeated Post, 73-72. Robertson finished the year second in the team in points with 12.3 per game.