UNION, N.J. (11/16/15) – The Kean University men's basketball team held a halftime lead against Baruch College on Monday night but ultimately fell to the Bearcats 82-71. Mike Diamond had eight points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the Cougars.
Kean led for 18 minutes of the first period. The Cougar defense held Baruch to 0-9 shooting from behind the arc in the opening half, and the Bearcats didn't help themselves at the line either, going just 6-12 from the charity stripe.
On the flip side, Kean made 43 percent of its shots from downtown. Freshman Micah Kerr (pictured left) was all over the stat sheet, with four points, four rebounds, and an assist.
A 9-0 run midway through the second half put Baruch back in front 60-54 with eight minutes remaining. A Kerr layup and free throws by Kevin Grek and Tommy Soulias sparked a 6-0 Kean run to tie the game at 60.
The Cougars fell behind again, but a Jodrell Thompson three tied the score at 63, and later on his two free throws tied the score at 65 two minutes later.
But the Bearcats were able to pull ahead in the waning minutes. Bryler Paige (18), Raymond DeLaCruz (14), Jack Shanahan (14), Chimaechi Ekekeugbor (13) and Doyin Isaac (11) were all in double figures for Baruch, which helped the visitors score 53 points in the second half.
Baruch improved to 1-1 on the young season.
Kerr finished with 10 points and five rebounds on 4-7 shooting. Thompson led the team with six boards and tied with Diamond and Soulias to pace the team with three steals. Grek and Diamond had four assists each.
The Cougars (0-2) will head to Hoboken on Wednesday to take on intra-state rival Stevens Institute of Technology at 7 p.m.