Men’s Basketball Loses Heartbreaker to Rutgers-Camden

UNION, N.J. (12/8/18)- Three starters scored in double figures as a strong second-half rally came up a bit short and the Kean University men's basketball team dropped a New Jersey Athletic Conference contest to Rutgers-Camden, 70-68 on Saturday afternoon.

Trai Greer made the game-winning layup as time expired and finished with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Scarlet Raptors who improve to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the NJAC. Micah Kerr and Jodrell Thompson both finished with 15 points for the Cougars who fall to 1-8 overall and 0-5 in the NJAC.

Kean opened the contest with a 14-6 run before Camden countered with a 12-0 run to propel them to a 45-33 halftime advantage.

The second half saw Rutgers stretch their lead to the largest of the game at 52-35 on back-to-back triples. Kean stepped up defensively and put together a 24-10 run that evened the game at 59-59 with 6:22 remaining. The Cougars forced six turnovers and shot 10-for-20 during the run, while Thompson scored seven of his 15 points over the 10:50 span.

In the final six minutes, Kean remained in striking distance but couldn't get the go-ahead basket. The Cougars were able to tie the contest at 68-68 with six seconds left after Lyles caught a long rebound and went coast to coast for the wide open slam.  Camden immediately got the ball down the floor, where a missed layup by Terrance Harris was tipped in by Geer at the buzzer.

Jailen Jamison finished with 13 rebounds, eight steals, eight points, and six assists, while Justin Watson totaled 12 points. Lyles finished with nine rebounds and four points.

Head Coach Adam Hutchinson and the Cougars will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 11th, hosting the Dolphins of the College of Staten Island at 7:00 p.m.