Hot Shooting First Half Propels Men’s Basketball to First NJAC Victory

UNION, N.J. (1/12/19) - Micah Kerr finished with a game-high 30 points as the Kean University men's basketball team captured its first New Jersey Athletic Conference victory of the season with an 89-69 rout of the College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.

Jailen Jamison totaled 23 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists for the Cougars who improve to 3-13 overall and 1-8 in the NJAC. Randy Walko finished with 17 points for the Lions who fall to 11-6 overall and 6-3 in the NJAC.

Kean opened the contest with a 15-0 run over the first six minutes and never looked back in the wire-to-wire victory. Kerr scored 20 of his 28 points in an opening stanza that saw Kean shoot a staggering 70.0% (21-30) from the floor and 62.5% (10-16) from downtown. The Cougars pushed their lead to 33-9 with 9:25 remaining, before TCNJ cracked double digits on the next trip down the floor.

Jamison scored 11 points, while Justin Watson and Barry Brown each added six as Kean eventually stretched their lead to the largest of the game at 56-21 by halftime.

The second half saw the Cougars in control as TCNJ never recovered from the monster first half, despite outshooting and outscoring Kean in the latter 20. The Lions brought the lead down to 15 late in the contest, but couldn't get any closer.

The game marked the first conference victory under Head Coach Adam Hutchinson and the first home victory over The College of New Jersey since Jan. 25th, 2014.

Kerr's 30 points also puts him 95 points away from 1,000 with nine games remaining in his Cougar career.

Watson finished with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Jared Latane totaled 11 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Coach Hutchinson and the Cougars will return to action in Jersey City, N.J. on Wednesday, Jan. 16th, against the Gothic Knights of New Jersey City University at 8:00 p.m.