Late Surge Downs Men’s Basketball Against Rutgers-Newark

UNION, N.J. (1/24/18)- Stephen Strom scored 14 points as the Kean University men's basketball team failed to hold off a late surge and fell to Rutgers-Newark, 62-51 on Wednesday evening.

Tyler Ofray made six triples and totaled 18 points for the Scarlet Raiders who improve to 7-11 overall and 3-9 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Micah Kerr totaled 11 points and six rebounds for the Cougars who fall to 5-14 overall and 3-19 in the NJAC.

Strom scored 14 of the Cougars 23 first half points as Kean shot 40.0% from the floor and 32.0% from beyond the arc. After Michael Summerer completed an old fashion three point play, Rutgers scored the final five points of the half to give the Scarlet Raiders a 25-23 halftime advantage.

Kean opened the second half with six straight points from Kerr as Kean regained the lead at 29-27 with 17:38 to play. The Cougars maintained that lead until the Scarlet Raiders went on a 19-3 run that propelled Newark to their largest lead of the game at 55-42.

The second half run proved to be the difference as the Cougars were held to just nine points in the final 3:51.  Rutgers-Newark shot 60.0% from long distance in the second half, as Kean failed to make a single three pointer in the second stanza.

Mark Thomas totaled 16 points and eight rebounds, while Chase Barneys finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Summerer tallied eight boards and five points in the loss for Kean.

Head Coach Rob Kurzinsky and the Cougars will return to action in Mahwah, N.J. on Saturday, Jan. 27th, against the RoadRunners of Ramapo College at 3:00 p.m.