Big Second Half Propels Men’s Basketball to Season Sweep of TCNJ

EWING, N.J. (2/9/19) - Jared Latane scored a game-high 25 points and knocked down seven three-pointers in a reserve role as the Kean University men's basketball team completed the season sweep of the College of New Jersey, 83-74 on Saturday afternoon.

Jailen Jamison led all five starters in double figures with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars who improve to 7-17 overall and 5-12 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Randy Walko finished with 24 points and seven rebounds for the Lions who fall to 13-11 overall and 9-8 in the NJAC.

In the opposite of their first meeting in Union on Jan. 12th, where the Cougars shot lights out in the first half and didn't look back, Kean opened with a 19-9 lead only to have TCNJ close out the half with a 22-13 run over the final nine minutes. Walko scored all 13 of his first-half points during the run as he completed an old fashion three-point play with 12 seconds remaining to give the Lions a 31-29 advantage at intermission.

The second half saw the Cougars post 56.3% shooting from the floor and 57.1% shooting from downtown as Kean totaled 54 points. Latane torched TCNJ from behind the arc knocking down six three-pointers and totaling 18 points, while Jamison tallied 14 points and eight boards.

The Cougars went bucket for bucket with the Lions before a 19-6 run closed out the contest with the nine-point victory. TCNJ would take their final lead of the contest at 65-64 on a Travis Jocelyn layup with 4:34 remaining. Latane would make back-to-back triples to push Kean's lead to 72-65 with just under two minutes to play. A P.J. Ringel free throw and a layup would cut the Cougars lead in half at 72-68. Kean iced the game from the free throw line, making 9-for-10 down the stretch including Jamison connecting on seven free throws in a row.

Micah Kerr totaled 11 points and five rebounds, while Justin Watson tallied 11 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Nate Lyles added 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Jodrell Thompson finished with 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

Head Coach Adam Hutchinson and the Cougars will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 13th, hosting the Profs of Rowan University for senior night at 8:00 p.m. Before the game, Coach Hutchinson and his staff with honor Kerr, Kevin Pacheco, Thompson, Watson, and Tre Gomez.