Union, N.J. (12/12/15) – New Jersey City University never trailed as they topped the Kean University men's basketball team by the final of 78-62 on Saturday afternoon.
The Gothic Knights (7-2, 5-0 NJAC) sprinted out to a 14 point advantage (16-2) behind eight points from Chinwe Wosu. The Cougars (1-8, 1-4 NJAC) fought back and trimmed the deficit to six points as two free throws from Micah Kerr started a 8-0 run finished by a fast break layup from Timothy Bradley to put the score a 16-10.
That would be as close as Kean would get in the first half, however, as NJCU used an 11-0 run to end the period and head into the intermission with a 20 point advantage, 43-23.
Wosu was one rebound shy of a double-double in the first 20 minutes with 15 points and nine rebounds while James Julius played the entire first half with 10 points. Rookie Justin Watson came off the bench and led the Cougars with 11 points, including three from behind the arc.
The relentless Cougars kept chipping away in the second half and with 8:02 to go turned a 15 point disadvantage into a single digit deficit (64-57) over the next four minutes. Rookie Diego Pujols netted four points and senior Tommy Soulias added four as well.
NJCU used a late surge to bring their lead back out to double digits in the waning minutes and closed out the game on a 14-5 run.
Wosu led all players with a double-double 26 points and 15 rebounds, including an 11-14 day from the floor. Julius and Jalen Harris also finished in double figures with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
For Kean, Watson had a career-high 20 points while Mike Diamond and Pujols both had double-digit point totals.
The Cougars enjoy a short break for the end of the semester and holidays and will return to action on December 28th when they travel to Boston University.