Men's Basketball Edges Rutgers-Camden, 51-49

Camden, N.J. (2/4/12) -  Sophomore Kyle Latorre scored on a putback with 10.5 seconds remaining to lift the Kean University men's basketball team over Rutgers-Camden, 51-49, in NJAC action Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars improve to 5-18 overall and 4-7 in the NJAC, while the Scarlet Raptors fall to 4-18 and 1-9.

With the game coming down the stretch, the Scarlet Raptors rallied from a 48-42 deficit with seven straight points. They took a 49-48 lead on a layup by sophomore Mike Payne with 42 seconds remaining.

Kean regained the lead for good with 10.5 seconds left as Latorre grabbed a rebound and scored on a layup to give the Cougars a 50-49 edge. The Raptors missed a three-point attempt in the last three seconds and were forced to foul. Kean sophomore Michael Burton tacked on the final point by hitting a foul shot with 1.1 seconds remaining. His second shot was off the mark, but time expired as the Scarlet Raptors grabbed the rebound.

Burton led the Cougars with 13 points, while senior guard Andrew Kirey added 12 on four treys. Latorre's final rebound left him with a game-high 11. He also added eight points.

The Cougars return to action on Wednesday when they travel to the College of New Jersey for an 8 p.m. matchup.