Soulias Leads Cougars in Men’s Basketball Finale

EWING, N.J. (2/18/15) – Kean University junior guard Tommy Soulias scored 27 points in the men's basketball team's 86-70 defeat at the College of New Jersey on Wednesday night. The game marks the end of the 2014-15 season for the Cougars.

The matchup was tight to start, and featured six ties and three lead changes in the first half. The Lions led by just two at the break, getting a pair of Alex Fox free throws with 10 seconds to go to make the difference. But Kean was never able to get that close again in the second period; TCNJ hit a three-pointer to open the second half and was off and running.

More than half of the field goals Kean attempted in the game came from three-point land. The Cougars made 11 of them – led by seniors J.J. Hladik and Tim Steward with three each - but it was not enough to pull off the upset.

Seniors Hladik, Steward (pictured left) and Emmanuel Omowole all played in their final collegiate game on Wednesday. The trio combined for 28 points; Hladik and Steward had 11 apiece while Omowole had five rebounds.

Soulias had a banner game with seven assists, three rebounds, a block and a steal to go with his 27 points. Mike Diamond finished with 10 points and Dre Kelly led the team with six rebounds.

Bobby Brackett had a double-double for the hosts with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the Lions had five different players in double figures. They finished the regular season tield for third in the NJAC with an 11-7 league record and 15-10 overall.

The Cougars end their season with a 6-19 record and 4-14 in the NJAC.