Rutgers-Newark Escapes with Narrow Win Over Men’s Basketball

UNION, N.J. (11/30/16) – The Kean University men's basketball team played Rutgers-Newark in a hard-fought two-point NJAC contest on Wednesday, pulled out by the Scarlet Raiders on the game's final possession.

Nadir Alston posted a double-double for Rutgers-Newark (11p, 14r) and Kean's Michael Summerer was one rebound shy of posting one himself (10p, 9r).

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Kean led 6-0 after back-to-back treys by Jodrell Thompson and Kevin Grek to open the game. But Rutgers rallied to take the lead at 9-8.

Soon after, a 9-0 run by Newark earned the Raiders a 19-11 lead with seven minutes to go in the first. Rutgers held on to that advantage to take a 28-22 lead into the locker room. Austin had nine points and seven rebounds to lead all players in both categories in the first half.

A dunk by Summerer (pictured left) opened the second-period scoring, and the Kean defense held Rutgers scoreless for the first 4-and-a-half minutes of the second half to climb back within one point.

But though they let Kean back in the game the Scarlet Raiders did not relinquish the lead for nearly the entire second half. Not until just 1:24 remained and Keenan Williams Jr. knocked down a long three to tie the score for the first time in over 30 minutes of game time.

Newark scored the next four points, however, and though the Cougars had the ball down by just two on the game's final possession, could not get their good look to fall and the Raiders escaped with the victory.

Rutgers-Newark earned its first win of the season and is now 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the NJAC. Kean moved to 0-5 and 0-2 in the league.

Justin Watson finished with seven points and eight rebounds for Kean, and Summerer added a game-high three blocks, two assists and a steal to his balanced stat line. Thompson finished with 11 points to lead Kean in that column.

The Cougars will hit the road on Saturday for an NJAC date with The College of New Jersey with tipoff set for 3 p.m.