Men’s Basketball Battles Stockton

POMONA, N.J. (2/10/14) – Senior Mike Burton scored 21 points but the Kean University men's basketball team could not catch the NJAC-leading Ospreys of Richard Stockton College in a 72-66 matchup on Monday night. Burton shot 5-for-7 from three-point land in the contest.

The game was the second attempt at a makeup of a game cancelled by two previous snowstorms. With the win, Stockton moved to 18-4 and 12-3 in the NJAC, while the Cougars are now 12-10 on the season and 8-7 in the league.

Kean held a two-point halftime lead, but Rich Suhr made a three-pointer on the Ospreys' first possession of the second half; that shot swung the lead back to the hosts.

Overall, the score was tied seven times and the lead changed hands on five other instances, but that was the last one of the night as that bucket sparked a 15-2 RSC run.

Kean stayed within striking distance the rest of the way, but Stockton was able to fend off every attack and keep the Cougars at arm's length.

The Ospreys scored 18 points off turnovers and had 24 points in the paint; both numbers were double the Cougar output on the night.

For Kean, Ali Mix and Tom Soulias had 14 and 10 points, respectively. Freshman Mike Summerer (pictured left) led the squad with seven rebounds and Emmanuel Omowole paced the team with three assists.

The Cougars were called for 27 personal fouls, yet only took six free throws as Stockton was whistled for just 12 infractions.

The Cougars will head to William Paterson University on Wednesday on Wednesday to resume their three-game roadtrip with an 8 p.m. tilt against the Pioneers.