UNION, N.J. (12/17/13) – Kean University had nine players score and a dozen pull down rebounds as the men's basketball team routed Delaware Valley College 83-52 on Tuesday night. Mike Burton and Ali Mix scored a combined 42 points to lead Kean to the win.
Delaware Valley came into the matchup with a 5-3 record and had recently hung 102 points on Rowan University, the same team that handed the Cougars a loss in their last time out. But Kean lept out to a large lead and controlled play throughout the game with the Aggies on Tuesday.
What allowed the Cougars to gain a nine-point halftime lead was ball control; Kean committed just three turnovers while forcing the Aggies to commit six in the opening five minutes alone.
Burton had 11 points by the end of the break, including a pair of layups that showcased the senior's arsenal of moves in the lane to free himself of defenders. He shot 4-of-5 from inside the 3-point arc in the first 20 minutes.
Despite being outshot 41 percent to 27 percent at the break, Delaware Valley kept it competitive on the play of Francis Arnold, who was also in double digits by halftime and nailed a buzzer-beating three at the end of the first period.
Early in the second half Burton had a 95-foot assist pass to Mix on an inbounds play that led to an easy lay-in. By the 15-minute mark, Kean possessed a 26-point lead thanks to 38 combined points from guards Tom Soulias, Mix and Burton in the first 25 minutes of the game.
There were a few other highlights from the rest of the game: Mix had five points in three seconds after nailing a trey, stealing the inbounds pass and getting another layup. Burton had a great traditional three-point play with 6:09 on the clock and was able to hit the transition layup despite getting hammered on his way up.
The Cougars (5-2) dominated points off turnovers (17-6) and points in the paint (36-14), held the Aggies without any fast-break points and had the bench combine for 25 points. The Kean defense held Delaware Valley to 28 percent shooting, while the Cougars hit almost half their shots from the floor.
Emmanuel Omowole (pictured left) was 3-of-4 shooting and scored nine points, and J.J. Hladik, Mike Diamond, Mike Summerer and Kyle Latorre also got in the scoring column for Kean. Summerer and Xavier Fuller led all players with seven rebounds each.
Kean will enjoy a 10-day holiday break before beginning the Charles B. Zimmerman Classic in Springfield, Ohio against Marian University on December 27.