The Scarlet Raptors’ senior forward collected a game-high 28 points and a game- and career-high 17 rebounds as Rutgers-Camden outlasted the City College of New York, 73-68, in a non-conference game here Saturday.
The win lifts the Scarlet Raptors to 3-1 for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign, already passing their win total from last season’s 2-23 record. The Beavers fall to 0-4.
With CCNY holding an early 14-9 lead, Destin scored the next seven Raptor points as they surged back into a 16-16 tie. Moments later, they took the lead for good, 18-16, on a layup by junior guard Arian Azemi andadded a three-pointer from sophomore forward Jake Petrik. They closed out the half leading 26-20, aided by a layup from senior center Roy Bond and another trey from Petrik.
The Scarlet Raptors opened up a lead as big as 16 points (49-33) in the second half, but the Beavers came roaring back late in the game with nine unanswered points. That run turned the Raptors’ 68-55 lead into a 68-64 margin with 1:25 remaining before a layup by Azemi made it a 70-64 game.
City College of New York scored four of the next five points, however, pulling within 71-68 with 19 seconds remaining. After a foul and a pair of missed free throws by the Raptors, CCNY had a chance to tie the game with five seconds remaining, but a three-point attempt by junior guard Isaiah Williams was off the mark and Destin grabbed his ninth defensive rebound of the game. He was immediately fouled and put the game away with a pair of foul shots with three seconds left.
Destin shot 11-for-19 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the foul line on his way to 28 points, only five shy of his career high. He also hauled down 17 rebounds, passing his old high of 14 against Rutgers-Newark on Dec. 9, 2017. The double-double marked his second of the season and pushed his career outputs to 901 points and 420 rebounds. He added two blocks, one assist and one steal.
Azemi finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and a team-high four assists, while tying for the team high with two steals. Petrik collected 10 points, three rebounds and three assists, and junior guard Terrance Harris canned eight points and added two steals and one assist.
Junior forward Ian McCarthy hauled down eight rebounds, all off the defensive boards, as Rutgers-Camden held a 42-32 advantage off the glass. McCarthy added three assists, one steal and one block.
CCNY received 16 points, seven rebounds and a game-high six assists from senior guard Romello Rashad. Freshman guard Yassine Sakhi scored 15 points for the Beavers, while senior forward Isaiah Denard notched 11 and sophomore forward Daniel Piszczatowski scored 10. Williams collected a game-high six steals.
Rutgers-Camden shot 29-for-62 (46.8 percent) from the floor, while CCNY was 25-for-61 (41.0).
The Scarlet Raptors open their New Jersey Athletic Conference season on Tuesday with an 8 p.m. game at Rowan University.