NEWARK, N.J. (12/9/15) – The Kean University men's basketball team fell to Rutgers-Newark in NJAC action on Wednesday night by a count of 66-50 at the Golden Dome. The Scarlet Raiders led wire-to-wire, though the Cougars did force 26 turnovers and senior Tommy Soulias had 19 points.
Soulias' 19 points give him 1,001 in his career, making him the 32nd member to join the 1,000 point club in program history. He became the first since Michael Burton accomplished the feat in 2013.
Freshman Diego Pujols led the Kean defensive effort with five steals. He also had a team-high five assists in the game and added nine points. Mike Diamond and Timothy Bradley had three thefts apiece to aid the defense that kept the Cougars in the game. The squads were all-even with 24 points each in the second half of the game.
Rutgers-Newark was led by Jordan McDaniel, who poured in a game-best 31 points on the night. David Azoroh (16) was also in double figures. The five Raider starters were the only players to score for Rutgers (7-2, 3-1 NJAC) all night.
Kean (1-7, 1-3 NJAC) will play its final game before the holiday break on Saturday at home against New Jersey City University at 1 p.m.