UNION, N.J. (1/5/19) - Justin Watson knocked down five triples and finished with 19 points as the Kean University men's basketball team opened 2019 with a 75-61 loss to William Paterson University on Saturday afternoon.
Myles McLeod totaled 16 points and six rebounds for the Pioneers who improve to 10-4 overall and 5-2 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Micah Kerr finished with 13 points for the Cougars who fall to 2-12 and 0-7 in the NJAC.
Watson scored 12 points and made four triples during a back and forth first half. The Cougars climbed out of an 8-2 deficit on back-to-back triples from Watson to even everything at 12-12. Kean stayed within striking distance for the remainder of the half, but a three point play and a triple with six seconds to play allowed William Paterson to take the 37-28 advantage into halftime.
The Pioneers opened the second half with a 9-0 run and never looked back as the William Paterson lead eventually ballooned to the largest of the game at 53-32 with 15:10 remaining. Despite falling behind, Kean outscored Paterson 26-22 in the final 13:03. Jailen Jamison scored all nine of his points during the run.
Nate Lyles added nine points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Head Coach Adam Hutchinson and the Cougars will return to action in Glassboro, N.J. on Wednesday, Jan. 9th, against the Profs of Rowan University at 8:00 p.m.