Burton Lifts Men's Basketball Past Rutgers-Camden

Camden, N.J. (1/11/14) – Senior guard Mike Burton tallied 14 second-half points on his way to a game-leading 26 as the Kean University men's basketball team topped Rutgers University-Camden by the final of 88-66 Saturday afternoon.

With the win the Cougars improve to 8-4 overall and 4-3 in New Jersey Athletic Conference action while Camden falls to 2-11 this season and 1-6 in the NJAC.

The first 20 minutes of action featured five lead changes as neither team was able to take a double digit lead.  Kean was able to head into the break with a slim two point advantage as Burton nailed one of his six treys of the afternoon with just five seconds to go.  He led Kean with 12 points in the first half while Rutgers-Camden's Marcus Taylor led all players with 15 points.

The teams continued to see-saw in the first four minutes of the final period, but after the Scarlet Raptors tied the game at 41-all the Cougars surged to take the lead for good, with a 23-9 run.  Senior Xavier Fuller started the run with a jumper while a layup and one from senior Kyle Latorre pushed the lead out to 14 at the midway point of the second half.

The Cougars would push their lead to as many as 24 as Emmanuel Omowole had two inside the paint with 2:18 left on the clock.

Burton shot 8-for-13 from the floor, including a blistering 6-for-8 from three-point range, on his way to 26 points. He also was a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line, helping Kean shoot 17-for-18 overall from the charity stripe (94.4 percent).

Senior guard Ali Mix collected 17 points while junior J.J. Hladik added 13 points.  Fuller (pictured left) finished with 12 points and also added a team-high seven rebounds.

Taylor concluded the day with 23 points for Rutgers-Camden in the loss.

Kean returns to NJAC action on Wednesday when they travel to local Rutgers-Newark for an 8 p.m. tip-off.