MAHWAH, N.J. (1/29/15) – Emmanuel Omowole nailed a jump shot with 18 seconds remaining to complete an epic 15-point comeback for the Kean University men's basketball team against Ramapo College on Thursday. The Cougars trailed by as many as 15 points - and 12 points in the second half - before beginning their revival that led to the 71-70 victory.
With 12 minutes to go, J.J. Hladik started the Kean rally by draining a three-pointer to cut the Roadrunner lead to nine. Mike Diamond then earned a layup and Kevin Grek got two free throws to help get within range.
The Ramapo lead still hovered around nine until Omowole hit two free throws and Tommy Soulias got one to go from behind the three-point line to cut the lead down to five with five minutes to go.
Hladik then hit another three, putting the Cougars within one. Not to be lost in this narrative is the Kean defense, which held Ramapo to a 29 percent shooting percentage in the second period that allowed the Cougars to climb back in.
With one minute left on the clock, Ramapo led by two points after a layup by Frank Nock. Omowole made a free throw, grabbed the rebound after a Ramapo miss and knocked down that jumper at 00:18 to put Kean ahead for just the second time that night. The Cougars forced a miss and grabbed the rebound at the horn to steal the win from Ramapo.
Kean is now 5-14 and 3-9 in the NJAC. Ramapo fell to 11-8 and 5-7 in the conference.
Soulias (pictured left) led Kean with 31 points, including five three-pointers. Tim Steward had nine rebounds to pace the team and Omowole had eight. Omowole also dished out a team-high six assists. Hladik shot 4-for-9 from three-point range and Soulias was 5-for-10.
Kean will return home on Saturday to face NJAC rival Rutgers-Camden inside Harwood Arena.