MORRISTOWN, N.J. (12/18/18)- Three starters scored in double figures as the Kean University men's basketball team collected its second victory of the season with an 88-77 defeat of the College of Saint Elizabeth on Tuesday evening.
Micah Kerr finished with a game-high 28 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars who improve to 2-10 overall. Ted Thelemaque totaled 17 points and made four triples for the Eagles who fall to 6-3 overall.
Kean opened with a 20-5 run, behind nine points from Jared Latane as the Cougars led 20-10 with 10:12 remaining. Saint Elizabeth answered with an 11-5 run to cut the Cougars lead to 23-21. The Eagles eventually regained the lead, before Kean closed out the opening stanza with an 11-3 run to put them in front 38-34 at the break.
The second half began with both sides trading baskets before the Cougars hot shooting from downtown pushed their lead to the largest of the game at 66-55 with 6:45 to play. Jodrell Thompson scored 11 of his 14 second-half points in the opening 12 minutes, including knocking down three triples.
The Eagles made things interesting late cutting Kean's lead to 68-65 with 3:37 remaining. The Cougars proved to be clutch down the stretch from the charity line, making 18 of 20 free throws in the final 3:37.
Thompson finished with 19 points, while Jailen Jamison totaled 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Latane added nine points and four rebounds, while Justin Watson totaled six points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Head Coach Adam Hutchinson and the Cougars will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 29th, hosting the Ducks of Stevens Institute of Technology at 1:00 p.m.