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Down time doesn’t hurt Nassau CC; Lions rout Rockland

Nassau Community College's Marc Campbell soars for a

Nassau Community College's Marc Campbell soars for a basket during Nassau Community College's victory over Rockland Community College at Farmingdale State College on Feb. 18, 2016. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Nassau Community College men’s basketball team hadn’t touched the court in a few days after being forced to postpone its home game against Rockland Community College because of a broken basket before the teams arrived in the gym Tuesday. On Thursday, however, there was no rust when they finally met.

Marc Campbell scored 19 points, 17 in the first half, to lead Nassau (22-5, 18-4 Region XV) to a 101-69 win over Rockland (17-11, 13-10) at Farmingdale State. Eric Wiener scored 15 points and Kavione Green added 12.

Nassau coach A.J. Wynder said he was proud of his team’s fast start — a 24-6 run to open the game — especially given that Nassau hadn’t practiced since its basket broke.

“I assumed somebody had dunked, but one of the support arms of the basket, I guess the welding came loose and the arm came down,” Wynder said of what caused the down time. “Fortunately for us, nobody got hurt, but it kind of preempted us from finishing our season at home.”

Nassau instead will play its regular-season finale at 1 p.m. Saturday at Orange Community College. Wynder said his team has clinched the No. 1 seed heading into the Region XV Division III Tournament Feb. 26-28 in New Rochelle.

Campbell said Nassau has the ability to play well no matter the venue. “We came out to play today,” said Campbell, who hit three three-pointers. “We all share the ball. Today was my day, but another game would be somebody else’s day. We did all the little things, and that’s why the game went how it did.”

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