HOBOKEN, N.J. (11/18/15) – The Kean University men's basketball team fell in a Wednesday non-conference matchup with Stevens Institute of Technology by a count of 92-77.
Kean found itself trailing by 20 at the break. The Ducks were shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor and had 51 points in the first 20 minutes. Mike Diamond led the Cougars with seven points in the first.
But the Cougar defense slowed the Ducks down early in the second. Then, midway through the second period, the Cougars went on a 7-0 run sparked by a Jerry Crismond alley-oop from Diego Pujols. Moments later, a Pujols lay-in and a hit from downtown by Diamond had trimmed the lead to 12 from a high of 24 and scared Stevens into a timeout.
But after that stoppage, the Ducks did enough to rebuild their advantage and remain in control of the game. The Cougars were able to outscore Stevens 41-28 in the second half, however.
Pujols (pictured left) had an impressive stat line for the Cougars; the freshman was 4-7 shooting for 13 points with three assists and four rebounds. Crismond finished with a team-high eight boards and 11 points. Diamond led the Cougars with 17 points on the night. Justin Watson was also 4-7 from the field and had nine points.
Stevens was paced by Evan Klimchak, who had a game-high 27 points, and Alex Lorenz, who went 6-8 from the floor and 5-5 from the line for 17.
The men's basketball team will return home on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for the final non-conference tuneup against Delaware Valley College before beginning NJAC play next week against Montclair State University.