Wayne, N.J. (12/12/12) – The Kean University men’s basketball team won their third straight contest, defeating host William Paterson University, 67-45, Wednesday night in NJAC action.
Junior Michael Burton scored a game-high 21 points for the Cougars (3-5, 3-3 NJAC). The loss drops William Paterson to 4-5 this season and 2-3 in conference play.
The Cougars took control early, using an 8-1 run to seize a 19-8 lead midway through the first half en route to a 33-19 score at halftime. Kean shot 46.2 (12-26) percent overall and 58.3 (7-12) percent from three-point range while the Pioneers made just seven of its 32 attempts (.219), including a 2-for-11 (.182) effort from behind the arc, during the opening period.
WP used a 10-2 burst to get as close as 12 points (53-41, 5:41) in the second half, but Kean answered by scoring 14 of the game’s final 18 points.
Rookie Tommy Soulias (pictured left) had 17 tallies, while junior Kyle Latorre collected 12 rebounds.
Senior Lance Brown led WP with eight points and six rebounds.