HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. (12/19/14) – Senior Tim Steward registered a double-double to lead four Cougars in double figures as the Kean University men's basketball team dispatched Keystone College 65-51 in the third-place game of the Luck Stone Holiday Tournament on Friday.
The double-double was the first of the senior's career, and came with a game-high 12 rebounds and 11 points. Fellow starters Emmanuel Omowole, J.J. Hladik and Tommy Soulias also scored in double figures for Kean.
The Cougar defense was stifling in the first half, and held the Giants to just 25 percent shooting from the floor. With the score still tight at 20-19 with seven minutes to go, Soulias kicked off a 14-0 run for Kean with a hit from three-point range that gave the Cougars the lead for good. Soulias scored eight points during the streak, and Kevin Grek and Timothy Bradley also scored during that shutout stretch that lasted nearly to halftime.
The two squads played evenly in the second period, with the Cougars keeping every Keystone advance in check. Lincoln Holley played 19 of the final 20 minutes for Kean, and had five points and four boards in that time.
Keystone was able whittle the lead down to just one point with five minutes to go, but after a timeout Omowole hit a layup and Steward splashed a three to ignite a 9-0 run to put the game away.
Hladik was named to the all-tournament team after leading Kean in scoring with 26 points over the two-day event.
Kean is now 3-7, while Keystone is still searching for its first win at 0-8.
The Cougars will take a two-week hiatus for the holidays before returning home to face Nichols College on January 3 at 1 p.m.