UNION, N.J. (1/28/17) – The Kean University men's basketball team put up a valiant effort but were outgunned by No. 10 Ramapo College 82-62 in a Saturday evening NJAC matchup. Five Cougars were in double figures in the game.
Down 11-7 midway through the first half, Tré Gomez hit a three in the corner to cut the lead to one. The 10th-ranked Roadrunners were keen to use the press after every made basket, but veteran Michael Summerer (pictured left) made numerous clever passes that had Ramapo changing their gameplan.
Kean stayed with Ramapo through the first 48 points, split dead even 24-24. Keenan Williams Jr. had seven points, Summerer had two blocks, four assists and did not miss and shot in that span.
By the end of the half, Ramapo had begun to assert itself a bit. The visitors had a 19-11 edge in rebounds and made 7-of-12 shots from behind the arc to take a 10-point lead into the locker room.
The Cougars also shot well – 48 percent from the floor and 4-for-8 from deep.
Kean started the second period on a 5-0 run to trim the lead down to five, but from there the Roadrunners used their depth to outscore Kean 41-26 the rest of the way.
RC finished with a 38-20 rebounding edge and was led by Thomas Bonacum, who had a game-high 19 points.
Kean's double-figure scorers were Williams (12), Gomez (12), Justin Watson (11), Summerer (10) and Micah Kerr (10). Summerer had three blocks, three steals and six assists to lead Kean in each column.
The teams now how opposite records: Ramapo is 19-1 and 12-1 in the NJAC and Kean is 1-19 (1-12).
The Cougars will hit the road for an NJAC matchup with New Jersey City University on Wednesday at 8 p.m.