Mahwah, N.J. (12/3/11) – The Ramapo College men's basketball team used a second-half surge to rally past Kean University, 69-59, Saturday afternoon in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.
Senior Leigh Keenan was one of three Cougars who had a team-high 11 points as Kean fell to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in conference action. With the win, Ramapo improves to 6-2 and 1-1 in the NJAC.
The Roadrunners jumped out to a 11-4 lead in the first half before the Cougars went on a 20-4 run that included five three pointers to take a 27-18 lead with 3:21 left in the half. Sophomore Ryan Duffy provided three of the treys in the run. The Cougars went into the locker room with a 10 point advantage, 35-25. Kennan, Duffy and junior Mike Shaughnessy all provided nine first-half points.
In the second half the Cougars stretched their lead to as many as 14 early on, but Ramapo responded with a 17-2 run to take a 46-45 lead with 13:54 to go in the game. Kean tied the game at 48 before Ramapo countered with a jumper by Rich Grant to tie the game at 50 with 10:27 on the clock. A 7-0 spurt gave Ramapo a small cushion but a back and forth affair kept things close until the final two plus minutes of action. That would be as close as the Cougars could get as the Roadrunners scored eight straight points to close the game.
Kean returns to non-conference action on Wednesday when they travel to the University of Scranton.