UNION, N.J. (1/23/19) - Three players scored in double figures as the Kean University men's basketball team came up short against Rutgers-Newark, 68-61 on Wednesday evening.
Mark Thomas finished with 20 points and five rebounds for the Scarlet Raiders who improve to 10-8 overall and 3-8 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Jailen Jamison totaled 16 points and two rebounds for the Cougars who fall to 3-15 overall and 1-10 in the NJAC.
After falling behind 8-2 to open the contest, Kean answered with an 11-2 run over the next 4:40 to propel the Cougars to a 13-8 advantage with 11:54 remaining. Jordell Thompson scored five points during the run. Newark responded with a 16-9 run over the final 7:20 of the first half and held a 33-24 lead at halftime.
Rutgers opened the second stanza by stretching their lead to the largest of the game at 46-26 with 14:36 remaining in the contest. Kean slowly worked their way back into the game with a 22-8 run over the next 10:04, which cut Newark's advantage to 52-48 with 4:36 to play. Jamison and Jared Latane each scored six points during the run.
This would be the closest the Cougars would get as Rutgers went 9-for-10 in the final 4:51 to ice the game.
Latane finished with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Micah Kerr totaled 13 points and eight rebounds.
Head Coach Adam Hutchinson and the Cougars will return to action in Camden, N.J. on Saturday, Jan. 26th, against the Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers-Camden at 3:00 p.m.