UNION, N.J. (2/8/17) – The Kean University men's basketball program honored senior Kevin Grek prior to its NJAC game with Rowan University on Wednesday night. The Cougars fell 96-85 to the Profs.
Kean raced out to a 7-3 lead when big man Michael Summerer drilled a three from the wing four minutes into the first game. After 10 minutes of play, Kean was just off the pace for a 100-point night, thanks to a balanced attack that featured six scorers led by Micah Kerr's seven.
The Cougar first period lead was as high as six, and they led for 12 minutes of game time in the first half until Rowan overtook them with a 7-0 run ending at the 4:30 mark of the first.
The Profs continued to press the advantage and eventually built up a 10-point lead by the break. Shawn Wilson had 11 points for the Profs in the first half. Kerr had 12 first half points for the Cougars. Both teams were even across most categories, but the Profs had taken 25 threes and made 10 of them, providing nearly the entire difference.
The second half contained a few bright minutes for the Cougars when they were on a 7-0 run, including an outstanding steal and a 94-foot pass by Micah Kerr that led to a layup for Jodrell Thompson. But despite Kean's 49 points in the second half, Rowan scored 50 to maintain its advantage through the final horn. The Profs finished with 18 three-pointers, tied for the school-record. Rob DePersia just missed a double-double, with 16 points and nine assists.
Kerr finished with a team-high 21 for Kean, and Summerer (pictured left) produced his fourth double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tre Gomez kicked in 14 points and Thompson added 13.
Grek's final line included five points and 10 rebounds- he and Summerer were the only two players in double-digits in that column for either team. He also had a team-best seven assists plus one steal.
The Cougars will next travel to Stockton University for an NJAC matchup with the Ospreys on Saturday.