Rowan Pushes Past Men's Hoops

Glassboro, N.J. (1/9/16) - The Rowan University men's basketball team defeated Kean University, 99-71 on Saturday afternoon in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.

Guard Kris O'Connor scored a game-high 21 points.  He also had five rebounds and five assists.  Forward Shawn Wilson totaled 20 points and eight boards.  Forward Chris Gross recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. 

Forward TJ Booth chipped in with nine points.  Guard Rob DePersia contributed with eight points, six boards and six assists.  Forward Gary Carthan added eight points and guard Josh Borrelli followed with seven.

The Profs improve to 6-8 overall and 3-4 in the conference.  The Cougars are 2-10 overall with a 2-5 NJAC mark.

Guard Diego Pujols led the Cougars with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists.  Forward Micah Kerr produced 11 points and guard Mike Diamond had nine points and eight boards.

In the first half, Kean was ahead 11-6 at 16:05 after Diamond's (pictured left) layup.  Rowan followed with 13 straight points to lead 19-11 at 12:37.  Five different players scored in the surge.  The Cougars trailed by two (19-17) with 10:58 remaining.  The Profs built a 22-point lead (43-21) at 5:07 after a 24-4 run.  This time there were seven players that registered points.  Booth made two foul shots with 1:15 left and the score was 52-29.  Rowan led by 23 points (57-34) at the intermission.  O'Connor was the scoring leader with 15 points and Wilson tallied 11.

Wilson's layup at 17:37 in the second period gave the Profs a 23-point lead (61-38).  Pujols had two free throws (15:29) and Kean cut the deficit to 16 (61-45).  The Profs had a 30-point advantage with two foul shots (5:55) by DePersia.  Forward Ben Hills scored with a layup (2:43) and Rowan had its biggest lead of the game, 32 points (97-65).       

The Cougars are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to The College of New Jersey on Wednesday in NJAC action.