Soulias Scores 23 for Men's Hoops Against Paterson

WAYNE, N.J. (1/7/15) – For the second-straight outing junior guard Tommy Soulias (pictured left) led the Kean University men's basketball team in scoring with 23 points, but William Paterson University came up on the long end of the 68-58 final score on Wednesday night.

The Pioneers are now 10-2 on the year, 5-1 in the NJAC conference and have won five-straight games. Kean moves to 3-9 and 1-4 in the league.

The Cougars played well in many facets of the game, earned a 30-25 edge in rebounding and splashed in nine three-pointers, led by five downtown hits by senior J.J. Hladik. Kean led as late as 2:18 in the first period, when Soulias hit a layup to reach double figures for the fifth-straight game.

Hladik shot 50 percent from the floor overall for Kean. Tim Steward had a solid night, shooting 2-for-3 from the field with three boards, an assist and two steals.

Mike Diamond also did well, chipping in five points, two steals, three boards – including two off the offensive glass – and a 2-for-3 shooting performance as well.

Bright Mensah was a bright spot for William Paterson, with an efficient eight points, eight assists, five rebounds and a steal. The Pioneers forced 17 Kean turnovers, which contributed to their victory.

The Cougars will return home for an NJAC matchup with Rowan University at 1 p.m. on Saturday.