Mahwah NJ—The Ramapo College men's basketball team defeated Franklin and Marshall College, 72-62, in the 2018 NCAA Division III Sectionals on Friday evening at the Bradley Center. With the win, the Roadrunners advance to the Elite 8 against MIT on Saturday, March 10 at 7pm in the Bradley Center. This marks the third time in program history the Roadrunners advanced to the Elite 8. The Roadrunners advanced to the Elite 8 in 1991 and 2003. The 1991 Roadrunners finished with a 24-8 overall mark, advancing to the NCAA Final Four.
Senior Christopher Moseley led the Roadrunners with 18 points, shooting 5-of-8 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Senior Thomas Bonacum registered 16 points and seven rebounds while senior Josh Ford and senior Nick Stanek added 12 and 10 points respectively. Ramapo's Stanek grabbed a game-best eight boards as the Roadrunners edged Franklin and Marshall, 40-to-37.
Franklin and Marshall's Matthew Tate led all scorers with 24 points followed by Brandon Federici (14) and Ignas Slyka (12). J.C. McGrath added eight points and seven rebounds. Ramapo started off the game on an 8-2 run, thanks to a pair of thrilling dunks by Moseley. Franklin and Marshall used a 5-2 run to pull within two of the Roadrunners, 10-8, with 14:05. The Roadrunners extended its lead to six, 16-10, on a fast break layup by junior Rob Lewis just under the 12-minute media. Franklin and Marshall surged back on a 7-2 run pulling within three of the home team, 20-17, after a layup by JC McGarth.
Franklin and Marshall took its first lead of the game at the 7:31 mark on a three-pointer by Tate, 23-22. Bonacum connected on a three-pointer and Mosley sank a pair of free throws for a four-point lead, 27-23, with 6:23 left to play. Tate knocked down a three-pointer and McGrath followed with two free throws for Franklin and Marshall taking a three-point lead, 30-27. The Roadrunners used a 6-2 run to close out the first half, after a fast break layup by Stanek for a 35-32 advantage. Franklin and Marshall's Slyka led all scorers with 12 points while the Roadrunners were paced by Bonacum with nine points. Ramapo continued its momentum into the second half, taking a six-point advantage, 44-38, after a three-pointer by Stanek at the 15-minute mark, which sparked a 6-0 run for the home team.
The Roadrunners pushed its lead to double-digits, 10, 52-42, on one-of-two made by Connor Romano. Franklin and Marshall went on a 7-2 run, cutting the deficit to five, 54-49, on a three-pointer by Brandon Federici at the 7:24 mark. Ramapo pushed its lead back up to eight, 61-53, on an old-fashion three-point play by Bonacum but Franklin and Marshall went on a 7-1 run over the next 1:30, pulling within two of the Roadrunners, 62-60, after a three-pointer by Matthew Tate. The Roadrunners scored the final nine points from the free throw line over the last 1:21 to close out the game on a 9-2 run and secure the 72-62 victory.