Men’s Basketball Falls Short Against Stockton

UNION, N.J. (1/13/18)- Keenan Williams Jr. finished with a team-leading 13 points, four steals and three assists as the Kean University men's basketball team had their two-game winning streak snapped by Stockton University, 68-59 on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Ferebee totaled 19 points and nine rebounds for the Ospreys who improve to 10-6 overall and 4-5 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Justin Watson tallied 10 points and six rebounds for the Cougars who fall to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in the NJAC.

After both teams traded baskets early, Stockton attempted to pull away with an 18-4 run that propelled the Ospreys to a 28-17 lead with 6:36 to play. Kean answered with an 8-0 run over the next 1:52 to cut Stockton lead down to 28-25 with 4:44 remaining in the first.  Williams Jr. scored five of his 10 first-half points during the run. Despite the late run from the Cougars, Stockton knocked down back-to-back triples and held a 36-31 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Ospreys opened on a 14-6 run that extended their halftime lead to the largest of the game at 50-35 with 14:09 remaining. Kean clamped down on the defensive end and held Stockton to just six points over the next 9:46 and trailed 56-51 with 4:23 remaining in the contest.

This would be the closest Kean would get as Stockton closed the game on a 12-5 run. The Cougars only had six turnovers but were outrebounded 43-26.

Zavon Johnson totaled 16 points and made four triples. Micah Kerr and Stephen Strom both finished with 10 points off the bench for Kean.

Head Coach Rob Kurzinsky and the Cougars will return to action on Monday, Jan. 15th in Staten Island, N.Y. against the Dolphins of the College of Staten Island at 1:00 p.m.