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All Games Played Nov. 28th 



GLASSBORO, NJ  – The Rutgers-Camden women’s basketball team won 66-58 over Rowan University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game on Wednesday evening.

The Scarlet Raptors have a 2-1 record with a 1-1 conference mark.  The Profs are 2-3 overall and 0-2- in the NJAC.  Guard Lillian Chukwueze (so. Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill E.) led the way with a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds.  Forward Brittany Turner (sr. Belleville, NJ/Queen of Peace) followed with 21 points and eight boards.  Center Rachel Hodge (so. Stratford, NJ/Sterling) grabbed 11 rebounds.  Guard Irene Grimanis (so. Brooklawn, NJ/Medgar Evers) dished five assists.

For Rowan, center Kate Matthews (so. Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson) totaled 18 points and six rebounds.  Guard Eyandra Molina (sr. Pleasantville, NJ/Washington Irving (NY)) contributed with 16 points and six steals. Guards Jade Bonder (so. Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) and Bria Hill (so. Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) each added seven points.     

In the second period, Rutgers-Camden had a 12 point lead (44-32) at 13:29 after a jumper by center Tin Croxton (jr. Deptford, NJ/Deptford). Center Stephanie Krauss (sr. Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Reg.) had a basket at 12:18 and Rowan trailed 46-39.  At 10:32, the Scarlet Raiders were ahead by nine (48-39).  The Profs had six straight points to cut the deficit to three (48-45) at 7:10.  Molina made two baskets while Krauss and Matthews each had a foul shot.  Hill’s layup at 4:56 put the Profs within one point (52-51).  

With 4:07 left, Bonder had a basket, which made the score 54-53. Chukwueze had a layup (3:49) and Turner followed with basket and free throw (3:25) to push the advantage to six (59-53).  Molina’s layup pulled the Profs within two (59-57) with 2:58 remaining.  Rutgers-Camden ended the game with a 7-1 run.  Chukwueze produced four of the seven points. She led all scorers in the final half with 18 points.  

In the first half, Molina’s jumper tied the score at six (15:09).  Rutgers-Camden had baskets by Turner (14:32) and Chukwueze (13:56) to lead 10-6.  Matthews had a layup at 13:17 to trail by one point (10-9).  At 12:15, Chukwueze made a basket for a four point advantage (13-9).  Hill scored with a layup and made a free throw at 7:09 and Rowan was down by one (17-16).  

The Scarlet Raptors had a 7-0 run to go up by eight points (26-18) with 2:21 left.  Chukwueze contributed with a three, Turner had two foul shots and Hodge hit a jumper.  Guard Lisa Lee’s (sr. Penns Grove, NJ/Penns Grove) layup at the 47 second mark made the score 30-22.  Krauss had the last basket (:34) and the Profs trailed 30-24 at the intermission.

Rowan travels to New Jersey City University on Saturday, December 1 for a 2 p.m. NJAC contest.

Lions run into efficient Osprey offense

Ewing, NJ … The College of New Jersey men’s basketball team fell victim to a sharp-shooting Richard Stockton College offense as they were defeated 81-53 in New Jersey Athletic Conference play on Wednesday night in Packer Hall.

Sophomore Alex Fox (Washington Twp., NJ/Westwood) led the Lions (0-4, 0-2 NJAC) with a career-high 16 points and six rebounds. Junior Skyelar Ettin (Princeton, NJ/Princeton) hit 6-of-10 shots to finish with 13 points and sophomore Jayson Johnson (Bordentown, NJ/Life Center Academy) chipped in with 10 points.

The Ospreys (4-0, 2-0 NJAC) won their fourth straight game to open their season. They shot 59 percent from the floor, tallying the majority of their points off interior passes as they scored 54 points in the paint. Junior Rameel Johson (Newark, NJ/Science Park) led the Osprey offense with a game-high 17 points. Senior guard Darnell McCargo (Woodlynne, NJ/Collingswood) had 14 points and junior guard Kevin Johnson (Paulsboro, NJ/Paulsboro) dished out a game-high seven assists.

The Ospreys took command early shooting 55 percent from the floor and netting 20 points off turnovers in the opening half. Johnson hit four-of-six shots to spark a 47-25 advantage at the intermission.

Fox was a bright spot for TCNJ, scoring the first nine points of the game for the Lions. He had a hand in the teams’ first 11 points when he assisted on a 15-foot jumper by Jayson Johnson.

Richard Stockton continued to produce off the transition in the second half. Junior Mike Perry (Mt. Laurel, NJ/The Peddie School) was a force under the boards as he collected a game-high 11 rebounds. He also hit five-of-six shots on the night.

Lions sophomore DJ Griffin (Piscataway, NJ/Bishop George) brought the crowd to its feet when he stripped the ball of an Osprey guard at midcourt, carried the ball down, and hammered home a left-handed jam for two points.

TCNJ will look for their first win when they visit Kean University on Saturday in a non-conference match-up at 1 p.m., while Stockton hosts NJAC opponent William Paterson University at 3 p.m.


NEWARK, NJ (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | New Jersey City University led 28-22 at halftime before being limited to 11 second half points and just 12.5 percent shooting in the period as Rutgers-Newark defeated NJCU, 51-39, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference men's basketball contest on November 28 at The Golden Dome. R-N had a 31-9 advantage in free throw opportunities and won despite committing twice as many turnovers as the Gothic Knights.
NJCU (1-3, 0-2 NJAC), shot 44.4 percent in the first half (12-27), but just 4-for-32 in the second period and 0-for-8 from three-point distance in the final 20 minutes (2-of-14, .143 overall).
Rutgers-Newark (3-2, 1-1 NJAC) attempted just 14 second half shots, but converted eight of those tries for a 57.1 percent rate, as the Scarlet Raiders outscored NJCU, 29-11, after halftime.
Rutgers-Newark committed 24 turnovers (versus 12 for NJCU), but the Knights were only able to convert those miscues into 12 points. NJCU still leads the all-time series, 58-14 but R-N has won the last three meetings. The rivals will square off again on January 23, 2013 in Jersey City.
Sophomore power forward DREW MARLEY (Maplewood, NJ/Columbia) had a team-high 10 points (5-9 FG) for NJCU and rookie shooting guard KHALID MUHAMMAD (Orange, NJ/Orange) collected nine points (3-10 FG), seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. No other Gothic Knight had more than five points or five rebounds.
Senior 6-foot-8 center Hussein Abdelmaksoud (West New York, NY/Memorial) finished with a double-double of 11 points (7-10 FT), 11 rebounds (nine defensive) and three steals while sophomore Christian Garcia (Freehold, NJ/Freehold) tallied a game-high 13 points, making 4-of-6 from the field and 5-of-6 at the line. He added eight rebounds (seven defensive).
Also for R-N, 6-foot-8 senior center Fateen Belfield (Irvington, NJ/Irvington) chipped in six points and four blocks in 16 minutes off the bench.
Discussing the loss, sixth-year head coach Marc Brown commented: “We can't score. We don't have enough scorers. We're relying on young players and when Khalid[Muhammad] doesn't play well, we struggle. There was a serious discrepancy in the foul shooting tonight—31 to 9— but we're just not good now. We had some crucial losses [of players] before the season started and our [returning] veterans are not playing well.”
There were four lead changes in the first half. Tied at 20-20, NJCU scored eight of the final 10 points of the period to gain a six-point margin at the half with Marley andMuhammad scoring four points each; the two scoring leaders for the Knights had six points apiece in the first 20 minutes.
NJCU did not  score its first points of the second half until a field goal at the 15:31 mark, and after four lead changes, still held a one-point edge, 34-33, after Marley made his second layup of the second half with 13:19 remaining. Abdelmaksoud hit a layup with 12:47 left to give the Raiders the lead for good.
From there, NJCU would convert just one field goal the remainder of the contest and R-N outscored the Knights, 18-7, during that span. NJCU missed its next 11 shots and its final 11 attempts of the night—hitting just 1-of-23 from the field in the final 13 minutes.
R-N didn't make a field goal itself until a layup by Belfield with 3:55 left made it 45-38, as the hosts went a stretch of 9:52 without a bucket. But R-N made eight foul shots during that drought. NJCU's last point of the game was a free throw with 3:24 remaining that made it a six-point, 45-39 deficit. Another jumper by Belfield with 2:23 left pushed the lead to eight (47-39) and was more than enough for the hosts to prevail.
R-N capitalized on NJCU's shooting woes, making 81.3 percent of its second half foul shots (13-16). Its final 12-point margin of victory was its largest lead of the night. R-N's lead didn't reach double figures until 1:40 remained in the game.
NJCU will look to bounce back from the loss on Saturday, December 1 at 4 p.m. when it hosts Rowan University in a conference game on 'Coach Charlie Brown Court' at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center.

TCNJ wins thriller over Stockton 58-57

Ewing, NJ … The College of New Jersey women’s basketball battled its way to an exciting victory as they edged Richard Stockton College 58-57 in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night in Packer Hall.

Junior Colleen Duffy (Spotswood, NJ/Spotswood) collected her own rebound and banked in a shot with 57 seconds remaining in what would be the eventual game-winner as the Lions (2-2, 1-1) fought from behind to capture their home opener and first NJAC win of the season.

Junior Kelly Roddy (Belmar, NJ/St. Rose) scored a game-high 13 points and junior Tiffany DeTulio (Colts Neck, NJ/Colts Neck) tallied 12 points to lead TCNJ’s offense. Senior Candace Vigo (New Brunswick, NJ/New Brunswick Health Science Technology) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and finished with seven points.

The victory overshadowed an exceptional performance by Osprey senior Che’Na Thompson (Salem, NJ/Salem). She netted a game-high 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting and also collected 11 rebounds to round out her double-double. Senior Alex Ryan (Hazlet, NJ/Raritan) finished with 12 points and is now eight points shy of her 1,000th career point.

The Ospreys (1-1, 0-1 NJAC) led the majority of the second half, but could never pull away. TCNJ never trailed by more than three points and tied it up when sophomore Jessica Goldbach (Edison, NJ/JP Stevens) knocked down a long three-point shot with 6:40 to play. Duffy then hit a trey from the right corner to give the Lions their first lead of the half at the 6:03 mark.

The Ospreys bounced back, however, and held a 55-54 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Vigo hit a short jumper, and TCNJ’s defense was able to make a stop on the defensive end. Duffy then hustled to rebound her own miss and put it through the hoop to stretch the lead to 58-55 with 57 seconds on the clock.

Thompson took an inbounds pass and muscled her way into the paint to bank in a shot to cut the Lions lead a point with 35 seconds left to play. Stockton forced a shot clock violation to get the ball back with five seconds remaining, but a desperation shot clanked off the rim to end the early season thriller.

The Lions came out strong in their home opener, racing out to a 10-2 lead in the first five minutes. The run was punctuated by a DeTulio three-pointer from the left side. The Ospreys found their rhythm and stormed back with a 13-3 run of its own to gain their first lead at 15-13 with just over nine minutes remaining in the half.

TCNJ heated up in the latter stages of the half, hitting five of its last six shots. Goldbach had a put-back with 29 seconds remaining before taking a feed from Duffy and banking it in at the buzzer to give the Lions a 30-24 lead at the intermission.

Thompson scored five quick points out of the locker room, spearheading a 12-0 run by the Ospreys to open the second period. But TCNJ regrouped to steady the ship and register their first home victory.

Goldbach finished with nine points and sophomore Kelly Coughlin (Trumball, CT/Trumball) dished out a team-high four assists. Sophomore Kylie O’Donnell (Magnolia, NJ/Sterling) enjoyed a solid performance with five points, five rebounds, and three assists. Duffy also four steals in the win.

The Lions return to action when they visit Kean University this Saturday in a non-conference game at 3 p.m. The Ospreys host NJAC foe William Paterson University on Saturday at 1 p.m.


GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University men’s basketball team had an 85-78 victory over Rutgers-Camden in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game on Wednesday night.

The Profs are undefeated with a 5-0 overall record and a 2-0 conference mark.  The Scarlet Raptors are 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the NJAC.  Rowan was led by forward Brendan Cox (sr. Lindenwold, NJ/Highland Reg.) with 19 points and 12 rebounds.  Guard Jason Rosenberg (jr. Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) totaled 16 points and 10 assists.  He broke the school record for career assists with 348.  The previous mark was 340 by Kevin Burley (1976-79).  Guard Kendall White (sr. Lumberton, NJ/Rancocas Valley Reg.) registered 13 points and six rebounds.  Center Dee Benson (sr. Somerdale, NJ/Sterling) chipped in with 12 points, while guard Rich McNamara (jr. Southampton, NJ/Seneca) had nine.  Benson and McNamara both pulled down six boards.

For Rutgers-Camden, guard Brandyn Wims (jr. Philadelphia, PA/Cardinal Dougherty) scored a game-high 24 points.  Forward Teon Russell (so. Camden, NJ/Woodrow Wilson) compiled 22 points and nine rebounds. Forward Robert Anders (jr. Vero Beach, FL/Vero Beach) tallied 14 point and 10 boards off the bench.  Guard Wood Redding (jr. Philadelphia, PA/Northeast Catholic) collected seven points and nine assists.

Rowan began the game with a 10-3 run over the first 3:34.  Cox and Rosenberg both scored three points, while Benson and White each had a basket.  White’s layup at 13:31 gave the Profs a seven point advantage (14-7).  Back-to-back layups by Russell at 13:19 and 12:45 cut the deficit to three (14-11).  The Scarlet Raptors trailed, 20-16 following Anders’ layup at 9:49.  White had a three point play (9:15) and Benson added two baskets (8:39, 8:17) to extend the lead to 11       (27-16).  Center Dan Brogan (fr. Northvale, NJ/Northern Valley Old Tappan) had a layup with 1:17 remaining to make the score, 43-30.  Redding hit a foul shot at 1:11 to bring Rutgers-Camden within 12 (43-31) at the intermission.  Rosenberg recorded 14 points and eight assists in the first half.  Russell and Anders had 12 points apiece for the Scarlet Raptors.

In the second period, Rutgers-Camden trailed by eight (43-35) after forward Michael Williams (jr. Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill W.) had a dunk (19:43) and Russell hit a jumper (18:34).  Rowan answered with layups by Benson (18:11) and Cox (16:55).  The lead was 14 (54-40) at 13:49. Russell nailed a jumper (13:31) and Wims had a basket (12:29).  After Cox made one free throw (12:10), guard Germir Pitts (sr. Camden, NJ/Camden) had a layup to bring the Scarlet Raptors within nine (55-46) at 12:03.

The score was 57-48 following two foul shots by Russell at 11:09.  Rowan registered five straight points for a 14 point advantage (62-48) at 10:06. Cox sank a free throw (10:50) while Rosenberg (10:25) and guard Matt Whitworth (jr. Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) (10:06) each had a basket. Rutgers-Camden recorded the next six points to come within eight (62-54) at 8:36.  Pitts, Wims and Russell all scored once.  White’s two foul shots at 7:37 extended the lead to 12 (66-54).  Wims nailed a three (7:20) and back-to-back layups at 6:50 and 6:36 to make the score 66-61.  Cox’s foul shot at 4:04 gave Rowan a six point advantage (73-67).  Benson hit one of two free throws with 2:24 left to go up by seven (78-71).  Wims nailed two foul shots (2:13) and McNamara had one (2:10).  Rutgers-Camden had a five point surge to pull within one (79-78) with 1:28 on the clock.  Wims made a basket, Redding had two free throws and Anders added one.  The Profs closed out the game making six of eight foul shots.  McNamara and White both converted two, while Whitworth and Cox each had one.

Rowan travels to NJAC opponent New Jersey City University on Saturday, December 1 at 4 p.m.

A.J. Picard Leads Lightning with Career-High 25 Points

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Junior guard A.J. Picard (Souderton Area H.S./Skippack, Pa.) scored a career-high 25 points and added a season-high seven rebounds to lead Goldey-Beacom College (3-4) to its second straight win, an 85-76 non-conference victory over Mercy College (0-5) at the Mavericks’ Mercy Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.

Led by Picard, the Lightning have won three of their last four games after opening the season with an 0-3 record.

The Mavericks jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the opening four minutes of the first half before back-to-back three-point field goals from Picard and junior guard Keith Thomas (Gwynn Park H.S./Lanham, Md.) tied the game at 12-12 with 14:54 remaining in the opening period.

But, the Mavericks scored six of the next eight points to reclaim a four-point edge with 11:59 left on a lay-up by senior guard Joseph Pope (Firestone H.S./Akron, Ohio) before the Lightning followed with a 15-6 run, including seven points from Picard, to take a 29-24 lead with 6:53 left.

Trailing by five points, the Mavericks put together a 10-1 spurt over the next three minutes to regain the advantage at 34-30 with four minutes remaining on a three-point field goal by junior guard Chaz Morrish (St. Mary’s H.S./Douglaston, N.Y.).

However, the Lightning answered by scoring 13 of the next 22 points, including six points by Picard, for a 43-42 advantage before the Mavericks scored on a lay-up by junior forward Kirk Bailey (St. Mary’s H.S./Freeport, N.Y.) with eight seconds left to take a 44-43 lead into the intermission.

The Mavericks extended their lead to 50-47 in the opening 2:14 of the second half by scoring 6 of the first 10 points before the Lightning put together an 8-2 spurt to regain a three-point edge with 12:57 left on a lay-up by sophomore guard Marcus Porter (Howard H.S./Wilmington, Del.).

After the Mavericks battled to tie the game at 57-57, the Lightning scored eight unanswered points to take a 65-57 advantage on a three-point field goal by sophomore guard Curtis Hopkins (Williamstown H.S./Williamstown, N.J.).

But, a 14-5 run by the Mavericks closed the gap to 70-69 on a Bailey jumper with 3:20 remaining before the Lightning countered with five straight points to increase the margin to 75-69.

The teams traded field goals twice before the Lightning secured the victory by making six straight free throws in the final 32 seconds.

Picard, who recorded his second 20-point effort in the last three games, made 7 of 16 shots from the field along with all eight of his free throw attempts to lead the Lightning to the victory. In seven games this season, he is now 32-for-33 (.970) from the foul line.

Junior forward Jordan Thorpe (Mount Zion Christian Academy/Newburgh, N.Y.) added his first “double double” of the season with 13 points and a season-high 18 rebounds while Porter contributed 16 points with four rebounds.

Pope led the Mavericks in a losing effort with 22 points by making 10 of 17 field goal attempts in addition to three rebounds and two assists. Meanwhile, Bailey added 16 points and nine rebounds.

The Lightning, who are in the middle of a five-game road trip, will return to their Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference schedule on Friday night when they travel to Concordia for a 7 p.m. game against the Clippers.

Notes: Over the last three games, Goldey-Beacom is averaging 93.3 points per game … The Lightning shot 51.7 per cent from the field against the Mavericks on Wednesday night, marking the third straight game they have made at least 50 per cent of their field goal attempts … Senior forward Lawrence Livingston (Caesar Rodney H.S./Dover, Del.) matched his career high with six blocked shots on Wednesday night, moving him into sole possession of second place on the Lightning’s career list with 82 blocks … The 18 rebounds by Thorpe are the most by a Goldey-Beacom player this season … Over the last three games, Picard is scoring 21.6 points per game … Thomas scored a season-high 14 points in the win on Wednesday night, marking his second double-digit scoring effort in the last three games … The Lightning shot a season-high 82.4 per cent from the foul line on Wednesday night by making 14 of 17 attempts.

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