UNION, N.J. (2/11/13) – Junior Xavier Fuller scored a career-high 18 points to lead four players in double figures as the Kean University Men's Basketball team knocked off Montclair State, 77-70 in NJAC action Monday night.
Junior Michael Burton recorded 13 points, while classmate Kyle Latorre chipped in with a double-double 11 points to go along with 12 boards for the Cougars (7-17, 6-11 NJAC). The Red Hawks (7-17, 3-14 NJAC) were led by junior Ordel Goldson who had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and junior Daniel Singleton who added 14 points off the bench.
The Cougars, who never trailed in the contest, started off the game hot, jumping out to an early 17-5 lead nearly eight minutes into the contest. Senior Anthony Gibson scored nine first half points, all from behind the arc, and Fuller (pictured left) poured in nine of his points in the opening 20 minutes. Gibson nailed a trey with seven seconds remaining in the half to give the Cougars a 42-25 advantage heading into the intermission. The Cougars enjoyed a big edge on the glass in the first half, out-rebounding the Red Hawks 23-13, with Latorre grabbing eight of them.
The Red Hawks battled back in the opening minutes of the second half. MSU used a 14-2 run over the first 6:12 of the second half to cut the deficit to just five points, connecting on four three pointers over the stretch. However, that would be as close as they would get as, as the Cougars used a 14-2 run of their own to stretch the lead back to 17 points, led by four points from both Burton and Fuller. The Cougars were able to connect on free throws down the stretch to hold off a late Red Hawks rally and preserve the win.
Kean closes out the season on Wednesday when they travel to Rutgers-Newark for an 8 p.m. tip-off.