Men’s Basketball Drops Tough Road Matchup with RU-Camden

CAMDEN, N.J. (2/2/13) – For the first time in 12 meetings, the Rutgers-Camden basketball team got the best of Kean University in a 61-51 game on Saturday afternoon.

Michael Burton led the Cougars with 13 points and Kyle Latorre pulled down 15 rebounds – the most by a player on either side.

The game was tight throughout the first half. The teams shot nearly identically from the floor (9-of-24 vs. 9-of-25) and Kean held a two-point advantage at the break. Latorre (pictured left) led all scorers with eight points at halftime, and Anthony Gibson dished out four assists in the opening period for the Cougars.

Shooting was the story of the second half. The Scarlet Raptors caught fire and hit 54 percent of their shots, while Kean regressed to 26 percent from the floor. RU-Camden scored 17 of the first 21 points in the second to pull away and though the Cougars cut the lead down to single digits on more than one occasion, the Raptors answered every challenge to earn the NJAC victory.

Gibson finished with a game-high six assists.  Latorre was only one field goal away from a double-double.  Kean out-rebounded the Raptors 44-27, including 19 off the offensive glass.

The Cougars will return home for the final two home games of the season next week. First Kean will host William Paterson University on Wednesday before Senior Day festivities on Saturday against Montclair State University.