EWING, N.J. (1/13/16) – The Kean University men's basketball team fell to The College of New Jersey 81-68 in NJAC action on Wednesday. Tommy Soulias had 21 points and Justin Watson and Mike Diamond finished with 14 points apiece.
The Cougars kept pace in the first half, leading the game as late as 19 minutes into the opening period. The first 20 minutes featured three ties and five lead changes as the teams jockeyed for the advantage. With the score tied, Diego Pujols fed Soulais for a three-point bucket that gave the Cougars their largest lead of the night at 1:44 of the first.
Half a minute later, Eric Murdock hit a trey that tied the score with the shot clock winding down to erase the Kean advantage. Murdock finished with a game-high 22 points for the Lions, who improved to 9-5 on the year and 5-3 in the NJAC.
Watson had a solid stat line for Kean, going 5-for-10 from the field. He was perfect from the free-throw line and added four rebounds and three assists.
The Cougars made 18-of-20 free throws in the game and outclassed TCNJ both on fast break points (8-4) and points in the paint (24-18). The Lions prevailed partly on the strength of their 12 three-pointers.
Kean (2-11, 2-6 NJAC) will be back in action on Saturday when the Cougars host NJAC rival Stockton University.