UNION, N.J. (2/4/17) – Despite a new career-high by Micah Kerr, the Kean University men's basketball team fell by the slimmest of margins, 77-76, to Rutgers-Camden in Saturday NJAC play. Kean nearly pulled off a 94-foot miracle with 1.1 seconds to go, but the potential buzzer-beater rattled in-and-out as the horn sounded.
Kean held a one-point lead in the game's final minute, but the Scarlet Raptors earned a defensive stop. Their first shot with six seconds to go missed, but Marcus Taylor pulled down the rebound and Isaac Destin was fouled to set up a pair of very dramatic free throws.
Despite Kean's three-straight timeouts, Destin sunk both free throws to tie and then swing the lead to Rutgers with 1.1 seconds to go. Kevin Grek and Kerr nearly connected on the Hail Mary, but it was not to be.
The Cougars went on a 16-2 run after Kean fell behind 7-0 early, sparked by 4-for-5 shooting from behind the arc during that stretch. The lead swung wildly in the first half; Kean was down by as many as seven early on but had an 11-pint advantage midway through the period.
Camden staged a bit of a comeback to trim the halftime deficit. Jodrell Thompson was 2-2 from three-pint land, Keenan Williams Jr. was 2-3 and Justin Watson hit three times. The Cougars shot a total of nine three's in the first half, putting them on-pace to break the program's 27-year-old record of 14 3's in a game.
Kerr finished with 27 points, breaking his career-best of 22 set earlier this season. Watson added 16, Thompson had 12 and Grek (pictured left) contributed 11 with a team-best seven rebounds.
Camden was led by Shafeek Taylor, who had a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams came into the game with 1-13 NJAC records. Kean is now 1-21 and Camden is 5-16.
The Cougars will have their final regular season home game and host Senior Day against NJAC rival Rowan University on Wednesday night.