MADISON, N.J. (November 20, 2018) – Junior Michael Zignorski made a hard drive to the basket and sank a layup with one second remaining to lead the Stevens Institute of Technology men's basketball team over Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus 75-74 Tuesday in a non-conference matchup at the Ferguson Recreation Center.
Clinging to a one-point lead, the Devils had a chance to force Stevens into needing a three-pointer to force overtime, but Andy Fleurantin missed the front end of a one-and one with five seconds left in regulation. Sophomore Maguire Sweeney snagged the rebound and passed to senior Jayson Winick. The Naperville, Illinois native quickly shuffled the ball up the court to Zignorski, who was standing right in front of the Stevens bench.
Zignorski took a left-handed dribble and then crossed over to his right and split three FDU defenders before scooping the ball into the air with his right hand from the left-side block. The ball sailed through the net to reclaim a one-point lead for the Ducks, much to the delight of his teammates. Zignorski finished with a game-high 19 points. FDU's desperation heave at the buzzer was well short of its mark.
Seniors Ryan Coffey and Conor Barron joined Zignorski and Sweeney in reaching double-digits for the Ducks, who improved to 3-1 over their first four games for the third time in the last four seasons. Stevens has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with its in-state rival. The current non-conference rivalry will switch to a conference one next season when Stevens joins the MAC Freedom.
Anthony Mitchell scored 13 points and Rajaan Dixon came off the bench to record a double-double for FDU, who fell to 2-4. The Devils have lost two straight.
Inside the Numbers
- FDU outshot Stevens 50.8% to 43.5% from the field and held a 38.1% to 33.3% edge from behind the arc.
- Stevens went 6-for-8 from the line in each half to finish 12-of-16 on the evening. FDU went 2-for-4 and did not attempt a free throw in the first half.
- Stevens held a 9-8 advantage on the offensive glass, but the Devils held a 35-34 margin in total rebounds.
- FDU was unable to block a Stevens shot, but DiPietrantonio, Sweeney and Barron each collected a block.
- Stevens turned 20 FDU turnovers into 26 points and held a 32-24 advantage in points off the bench.
- Senior Kevin Florio had two points and a steal in his season debut.
- Junior Dylan Walsh finished with a team-high three assists.
- Sweeney set career highs in points (11), rebounds (7) and minutes (22). The seven boards marked a team high.
From the Court
- "What a game! It was a great battle for 40 minutes, but luckily, we were able to escape with a win. We were happy to survive and we are in need of these few days off to get healthy. As we move to the MAC Freedom next year, I think the FDU-Stevens games will only get more intense." - head coach Bobby Hurley
- After the Thanksgiving Break, Stevens returns to Canavan Arena to take on Rutgers-Newark on Sunday, Nov. 25.
- The Scarlet Raiders topped the Ducks 80-73 last season in Newark and have won four of the last five meetings between the teams.
- Live stats and video links are available on StevensDucks.com.
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