UNION, N.J. (1/14/15) – The Kean University men's basketball team got 26 points from junior Tommy Soulias but fell 80-65 to The College of New Jersey in NJAC action on Wednesday.
TCNJ got off to a 13-5 lead to start the contest and kept the Cougars at arm's length throughout the first half. The score at the break was 41-29.
The Lions were fueled by eight three-pointers, including five by Skyelar Ettin. Soulias (pictured left) paced Kean in the first half and had already reached double figures (12) by the halftime buzzer. J.J. Hladik was 2-for-2 from behind the arc and chipped in another eight Kean points.
The biggest disparity on the stat sheet was turnovers; TCNJ forced five in the first 20 minutes while only committing one.
Three minutes into the second half, Soulias shrugged off his defender and drained his third trey to make it a two-possession game, 45-39, for the first time in a long time and forced a Lion timeout.
But that was as close as Kean would get. The Lions won the second half by a count of 39-36 to earn the conference victory. TCNJ is now 8-7 and evened its conference mark at 4-4.
Kean is 3-11 and 1-7 in the NJAC. Tim Steward had a team-leading nine rebounds and a total of 11 players got into the action for the Cougars.
TCNJ was led by Ettin, who finished with 21 points and Jayson Johnson, who had 19.
The Cougars will hit the road for an NJAC matchup with Richard Stockton College on Saturday.