Late Run Thwarts Men’s Basketball Against Nationally-Ranked NJCU

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (12/6/17)- Adrian Baucum totaled a season-high 24 points, including knocking down six triples, as a late second-half run thwarted the Kean University men's basketball team against #23 New Jersey City University, 87-76 on Wednesday evening.

Sam Toney finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds as the Gothic Knights remained undefeated at 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Keenan Williams Jr. finished with 15 points and five steals for the Cougars who fall to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the NJAC.

The contest saw 10 ties and 21 lead changes. Kean blistered the nets in the opening stanza, shooting 59.3% from the floor and 60.0% from the land of three. Baucum and Williams combined for 27 points and went 7-for-11 from behind the arc.

Baucum connected on back-to-back triples and Williams made a fast break layup to give Kean their largest lead of the game at 25-17 with 9:56 remaining. NJCU responded with a 9-2 run to regain the advantage at 28-27 with 7:23 to play. Kean would eventually take the 43-42 lead into halftime when Williams knocked down a three-pointer with two seconds to play.

In the second half, the Gothic Knights opened with a 14-3 run to put the Cougars into a 10-point deficit at 56-46. Kean answered with a 12-0 run, including six points from Micah Kerr, that gave them the 58-56 lead. The two teams would battle over the lead as the game remained deadlocked at 69-69 with 3:34 remaining.

NJCU closed the contest on an 18-7 run that sealed the fate for the upset of the Gothic Knights.

Kerr finished with 16 points, five assists, and four rebounds, while Justin Watson added seven boards. James Julius totaled 19 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while Lavrone Green tallied 15 points in the victory for NJCU.

Head Coach Rob Kurzinsky and the Cougars will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 9th, against the nationally ranked Roadrunners of Ramapo College at 1:00 p.m.