UNION, N.J. (1/17/18)- Keenan Williams Jr. made five triples and finished with 17 points as the Kean University men's basketball team had their late rally thwarted by Montclair State University, 70-67 on Wednesday evening.
Myles Mitchell-White and Jovanni Chatham each scored 14 points for the Red Hawks who improve to 12-5 overall and 6-4 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Micah Kerr totaled 13 points for the Cougars who fall to 5-12 and 3-7 in the NJAC.
MSU led for most of the opening stanza but the Cougars were able to take the lead back with a Stephen Strom layup with 2:13 remaining. Adrian Baucum knocked down his first triple of the game with 2:00 to play, but Chatham scored the final five points for Montclair including a three-pointer with 47 seconds remaining. The Red Hawks led 36-33 at halftime.
MSU led for most of the second half but Kean kept things interesting. The Red Hawks stretched their lead to 10 points with 7:04 remaining before the Cougars responded with a 15-6 run over the final 6:30 to cut the MSU lead to 68-67 with 34 seconds remaining. After Mitchell-White made two free throws, Williams' chance to send the game to overtime bounced off the rim and out.
Daniel Ramis totaled 12 points for Montclair, while Justin Watson finished with 12 points in the loss for Kean.
Head Coach Rob Kurzinsky and the Cougars will return to action in Ewing, N.J. on Saturday, Jan. 20th, against the Lions of the College of New Jersey at 1:00 p.m.