CAMDEN, N.J. (Dec. 5, 2018) – The College of New Jersey men's basketball team placed four players in double figures offensively and held a 40-28 advantage off the boards as it defeated Rutgers University-Camden, 81-62, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Wednesday night.
The loss drops the Scarlet Raptors to 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the NJAC.
TCNJ, which improves to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the NJAC with its third straight win, has won its last eight games against Rutgers-Camden and leads the all-time series, 66-18.
The Scarlet Raptors scored the first five points of the game and led by as many as six points (27-21 and 29-23) midway through the first half before the Lions rattled off nine straight points to take the lead for good. They went ahead, 31-29, on a three-pointer by junior forward Ryan Jensen with 5:45 remaining in the half and tacked on a foul shot by junior guard Randall Walko to end their run. The closest the Raptors came after that was one point, when sophomore guard Ian McCarthy
scored on a layup to end the Lions' streak and made it a 32-31 game.
By halftime, TCNJ held a 45-35 advantage and the Lions led by as many as 20 points (81-61) late in the second half.
Walko paced the winners with 19 points, while sophomore center Travis Jocelyn netted 18, Jensen canned 11 and junior guard Niall Carpenter added 10. Jensen barely missed a double-double, hauling down a game-high nine rebounds.
Sophomore guard P.J. Ringel dished off seven assists for TCNJ.
McCarthy (pictured above)
and senior guard Trai Greer
both netted 19 points for the Scarlet Raptors. McCarthy, who hit five treys, tied his career-high scoring output that was set against Rowan University on Nov. 20.
Freshman guard Adam Perry
paced Rutgers-Camden with five rebounds and five assists, while adding eight points.
TCNJ shot 29-for-65 from the floor (44.5 percent), while Rutgers-Camden shot 25-for-53 (43.4).
Rutgers-Camden plays a 1 p.m. NJAC game at Kean University Saturday.