UNION, N.J. (2/17/16) – Sophomore Jerry Crismond of the Kean University men's basketball team scored more than the two highest TCNJ players combined, but the Lions squeaked by with a 66-65 NJAC win on Wednesday. It was a career-high for Crismond (pictured left) as he helped erase what had been and 11-point lead.
Kean trailed for nearly the whole game, yet was always in striking distance. The Cougars took a brief lead midway through the second half, but TCNJ went on a 9-0 run from there to go back up seven.
Despite trailing for 95 percent of the game, Kean tied the game at 60 on a pair of Jerry Crismond free throws with 1:26 to go in the game. From there, it was an epic final minute of play:
Erick Murdock came down the other end for TCNJ and hit a layup to put the Lions back up two with 1:14 on the clock.
On Kean's next possession, Keenan Williams Jr. hit a three-pointer from the wing to put the Cougars up one. Then, Murdock took the ball down the other end for the Lions, got fouled and made both free throws to swing the lead back to TCNJ.
With 36 seconds remaining, Kean got the ball back in Crismond's hands and he drove the lane and earned a foul call. His two clutch free-throws with 19 ticks left put Kean back out in front, 65-64.
Unfortunately for the home team, Murdock hit a running jumper down the right side with 2.7 seconds left to oscillate the lead one last time, leaving the TCNJ side of the scoreboard just a little heavier as time expired.
Crismond finished with 35 points, netting the most points in a game for any Cougar this season in Kean's final contest of the year.
Micah Kerr just missed out on a double-double, racking up 11 rebounds and nine points for Kean on Wednesday. Brendan Pollick led the team with five assists and Williams had a pair of steals. Kevin Grek also had a solid game for Kean with five rebounds, three points, an assist, a block and a steal without a turnover in 32 minutes.
TCNJ is now 14-11 and 9-9 in the NJAC .The Cougars end their 2015-16 season with a 4-20 record and 4-14 in the league.