Men's Basketball Suffers Setback to Baruch in Season Opener

Union, N.J. (11/15/17) – The Kean University men's basketball team suffered an 85-67 setback in the season opener against Baruch College on Wednesday night.

DeAndre Thomas led the Cougars with 25 points while Mike Summerer had 14 rebounds.  Chimaechi Ekekeugbor led all players with a double-double 26 points and 17 rebounds.

Kean carried early momentum and pushed out to a six point led (13-7) on a Stephen Strom layup.  The Bearcats used a late surge in the first half using two treys from Ekekeugbor and Andre Harris to cap a 12-4 run and push out to a double-digit advantage. 

Harris led all players with 11 first-half points while Keenan Williams Jr. had six points for Kean.

The Cougars cut the deficit to single digits and as little as five points (55-50) with 10 minutes to go on a fastbreak layup from Jodrell Thompson, but that would be as close as they would get as Baruch pulled away down the stretch.

The Bearcats took advantage at the charity stripe with 24 total points (75%) and held a slight 44-38 edge in rebounds.

Williams finished with 12 points as 13 players saw action in the opener for Kean.

The Cougars return to action on Saturday when they travel to FDU-Metropolitan for an exhibition game.