Ewing, N.J. (1/9/13) – The College of New Jersey men's basketball team defeated Kean University 85-73 on Saturday afternoon in Packer Hall.
The Lions shot 60 percent from the field and connected on 10 three-pointers in the win. The Cougars fall to 6-11 overall and 5-6 in the NJAC with the loss.
Kean also shot well, hitting 47 percent of its shots and converting all 15 free throws awarded. Junior Michael Burton tallied a team-high 23 points, while junior Kyle Latorre added 15 points. Freshman Frank Nock also finished in double figures with 11 points.
Junior Alex Fox, junior Skyelar Ettin, and junior Matthew Rista accounted for 64 of TCNJ's 85 points as Ettin led all scorers with 25.
TCNJ (5-12, 3-8 NJAC) barely missed in the opening 11 minutes, as the Lions found the bottom of the net on 12 of their first 16 shot attempts. Five of those field goals came from long distance, including four by Fox.
Kean captured the lead early (9-6) off points from four different Cougars, but the Lions responded and went on a 22-2 run to open up a 28-11 advantage. Fox scored 14 points in just over four minutes of play to lead TCNJ's charge.
Kean maintained its composure and steadily chipped away at the deficit. Their performance at the charity stripe was instrumental as they were a perfect 10-for-10 from the line in the first half. Burton (pictured left) hit four free throws and finished the half with 15 points. Ryan Duffy banked in a shot underneath in the final seconds of the period to close the gap to 40-33 at the half.
While Kean came out ablaze in the second half, TCNJ refused to cool off as Rista and Ettin continued to pour on the offense. After a dunk by Duffy provided momentum for Kean, Rista stuck a pair of three-pointers. The Cougars managed to pull within eight points with 2:32 remaining on a jumper from Burton, but four straight free throws by sophomore Jayson Johnson and a layup by sophomore Emmanuel Matlock secured the win for the Lions.
Kean will host the College of Staten Island in non-conference action at noon on Monday.