Camden, N.J. (1/26/19) – Freshman Shannon McCoy scored a game-high and career-high 32 points but it wasn't enough to overcome a strong first quarter by Rutgers-Camden as the Scarlet Raptors won by the final of 73-65.
Kean falls to 8-11 and 5-7 in conference play while Rutgers-Camden improves to 12-8 overall and 7-6 in the NJAC. The Cougars lead the all-time series, 49-22, although the teams split their home-and-home series this season. Kean won a double-overtime thriller on its court in December.
In a strange first half, the game transformed from an apparent blowout to looking like another barnburner. Rutgers-Camden built a 21-6 lead after one quarter, only to watch Kean roar back with a 28-11 second-quarter run to grab a 34-32 halftime lead.
Rutgers-Camden quickly grabbed the lead in the third quarter on a three-pointer by senior Gabby Greene, making it a 35-34 game. It was the first of five lead changes in the third quarter and seven changes in the second half.
After building a 54-48 lead entering the final quarter, the Scarlet Raptors watched Kean score the first seven points of the final period, including the last five by McCoy.
Rutgers-Camden regained the lead for good, 56-55, on a jumper by senior Ariel Robinson. Moments later, a steal by Greene led to a layup by junior Fatimah Williams. Although McCoy cut the Raptors' lead to 58-57 with a layup, it was the closest the Cougars came the rest of the way. A jumper by Robinson and a layup by sophomore Shane Holmes padded the lead to 62-57. Rutgers-Camden scored 11 of the next 16 points to make it a 73-62 game before the Cougars notched a late three-pointer by sophomore Casey Filiault for the final margin.
In addition to McCoy's 32 points, Filiault scored 13 and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the Cougars.
Williams led the Scarlet Raptors with 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while freshman Wykira Johnson-Kelley notched 20 points, five boards, three assists and two steals.
Rutgers-Camden shot 27-for-53 (50.9 percent) from the floor, while Kean shot 26-for-69 (37.7). The Cougars held a 44-31 advantage off the boards.
Kean stays on the road and faces Montclair State on Monday in a rescheduled matchup.