UNION, N.J. (1/30/19)- Justin Watson led all scorers with 21 points as the Kean University men's basketball team beat Ramapo College for the first time since 2013-14 with a 78-75 victory on Wednesday evening.
Watson led four starters in double figures for the Cougars who improve to 5-16 overall and 3-11 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Rob Lewis posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Roadrunners who fall to 15-6 overall and 9-5 in the NJAC.
Watson led all scorers with 15 points and knocked down five triples as the Cougars used a 21-4 run to take their largest lead of the game at 27-10. Kean posted a 53.6% field goal percentage and a 44.4% three point percentage. Ramapo closed the half on a 21-14 run and forced seven Cougars turnovers, but still trailed 42-31 at halftime.
The second half saw the Roadrunners open with a 16-9 run over 5:31, but trailed 51-47 with 14:04 remaining. Ramapo's hot shooting eventually gave the Roadrunners their first lead of the game at 63-62 with 8:43 remaining.
Ramapo extended their advantage to 75-70 with 1:57 remaining. Kean would close out the game on an 8-0 run that included six points from Watson and two from Kerr. Watson scored six straight points, which forced Ramapo to call a timeout with 46 seconds remaining. After the timeout, both sides traded possessions, before Jodrell Thompson came up with a key steal and fed it to Jailen Jamison. Jamison found Micah Kerr with a baseball pass for the slam dunk on the other end.
Ramapo's last second three pointer from Jason Battle rimmed out and the Cougars hung on for the three point victory.
This is the first home victory over Ramapo since Nov. 26, 2013, when the Cougars came away with the 78-69 victory.
Kerr totaled 11 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Nate Lyles added 12 points, five rebounds and two assists. Jamison finished with 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Jared Latane tallied 13 points off the bench.
Head Coach Adam Hutchinson and the Cougars will return to action in Wayne, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 2nd, against the Pioneers of William Paterson University at 3:00 p.m.