GLASSBORO, N.J. (12/7/13) – Senior guard Ali Mix had a season-high 24 points and classmate Kyle Latorre shot 4-of-4 from the floor, but the Kean University men's basketball team was topped by Rowan University 75-59 on Saturday afternoon in NJAC action.
For Kean, the high-water mark came at halftime with the Cougars on top 33-28. The teams were tied at 23 with three-and-a-half minutes to go in the first, and Mix hit a free throw to start the streak that put Kean in the lead. Tom Soulias followed that up with a three-pointer for a four-point advantage. Soulias and J.J. Hladik both hit jumpers to keep the Cougars ahead and Mix bookended the run with two more free throws as Kean took a five-point cushion into the locker room.
Out of the break, the Profs (5-3, 2-2 NJAC) tied the game and eventually swung the lead back to their side with a 7-0 run. Kean was unable to recover from the slow start in the second half as Rowan upped its field goal percentage from 37 percent to 52 percent in the final 20 minutes.
The Cougars shot just 5-of-28 from three-point range in the game, though Mix did go 3-for-4 from downtown while enjoying a good shooting night.
Mix's 24 points were the most of any Kean player this season since Soulias scored 24 against Swarthmore College on opening night on November 19, a 69-59 Cougar victory.
Latorre (pictured left) led Kean with eight rebounds and scored a total of 10 points off the bench.
The Cougars (4-2, 2-2 NJAC) and Profs both finished with 20 points in the paint, and Kean's bench outscored Rowan's 18-12. Four Prof starters were in double figures, however, and Kris O'Connor scored 10 points off the bench to boot. Rich McNamara led Rowan with a double-double (17 points / 11 rebounds).
Kean will host Delaware Valley College in 10 days on December 17, the final home date of the semester for the Cougars.