Baruch Holds Off Men's Basketball, 73-65

Baruch Holds Off Men's Basketball, 73-65

BALTIMORE, Md. (1/2/10) - Junior forward Jonathan Jones (Linden, N.J.) had 13 points and 14 rebounds, however the Kean University men's basketball team was unable to overcome a double-digit second half deficit, as they fell to Baruch College, 73-65, in the opening round of the Blue Jay Invitational at Johns Hopkins University on Saturday afternoon.

Senior forwards Akinwande Oshodi (Florence, N.J.) and Rodlin Pierre (Orange, N.J.) split 24 points evenly for the Cougars (3-8), while senior forward George Kunkel (Glendale, N.Y.) had game-highs of 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Bearcats (8-1) to their seventh straight win. 

Baruch connected on nearly 60 percent of their shots from the field (15-of-26) to jump out to a 40-28 lead at halftime, as George hit 6-of-9 shots for 14 points and added seven rebounds in the opening half.  The Bearcats, who used a 9-0 run midway through the half, led by as many as 14 points in the first half.  Pierre and Oshodi each had seven points in the opening half for the Cougars.

In the second half, Baruch built its largest lead at 52-36 on a three-pointer by junior guard Lionel Hilaire (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) with 12:46 remaining.  The Cougars, who trailed by 10 points with just under six minutes left, used a 9-2 to pull within three points at 62-59 on a lay-up by Jones with 2:55 to go.  However, that would be as close as Kean would get, as the Bearcats answered with five straight points and would hit all six free throws in the final 40 seconds to seal the victory.

Oshodi (pictured right) finished with seven rebounds, while senior forward Brian Lytle (Union, N.J.) chipped in with nine points.

Lionel added 16 points and five assists for the Bearcats.

Kean faces University of Mary Washington in the consolation game on Sunday, January 3, at 1 p.m.