GWYNEDD VALLEY, Penn. (Jan. 6, 2020) – Senior forward Isaac Destin became the 14th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career milestone as the Rutgers University-Camden men’s basketball team pushed host Gwynedd Mercy University to the limit before falling, 78-73, in a non-conference game here Monday night.
The loss drops the Scarlet Raptors to 4-7, while the Griffins improve to 9-4.
Destin became the first Scarlet Raptor to join the 1,000-point club since Dane Nicholson reached the milestone during the 2006-07 season. It didn’t take him long to join the lofty plateau, as he scored on a layup only 2:10 into the game to notch points 1,000 and 1001. That layup gave the Raptors a 4-3 lead.
The score remained close throughout the game as the Griffins built a 38-33 halftime lead and saw the Scarlet Raptors close to within one point, 65-64, on a foul shot by Destin with 4:57 remaining. A three-point play by Gwynedd-Mercy freshman guard Nathaniel Walker made it a 68-64 game, but Raptor junior guard Arian Azemi closed the game to 68-66 with a layup with 4:29 remaining.
A layup by Walker and a pair of foul shots by senior guard Jeff Seigafuse gave the Griffins a 72-66 lead with 3:07 remaining, but Raptor freshman forward Dylan Trow sliced that deficit in half with a trey. Moments later, Trow added a steal that led to a foul and a free throw by Azemi, making it a 72-70 game with 2:06 remaining.
Dunham followed with a pair of foul shots to make it 74-70, but Azemi answered with two free throws of his own, making it a 74-72 game with 1:07 remaining. In the final minute, Dunham’s layup gave Gwynedd Mercy a 76-72 lead before a free throw by Azemi sliced the gap to 76-73 with 37 seconds remaining.
When the Griffins missed a field goal attempt with 26 seconds remaining, Destin grabbed the rebound to give the Scarlet Raptors a chance for a late game-tying three-point attempt. The shot was off target, however, and the Griffins grabbed the rebound, were fouled and closed out their win with a pair of free throws by freshman guard Manny Clark.
Dunham paced the Griffins with 26 points, while Seigafuse notched 14 and senior forward Austin Harriott added 11. Dunham added four assists and a game-high six steals.
Rutgers-Camden placed five players in double digits, with Azemi scoring 18 and adding game-high totals of eight rebounds and seven assists. Trow scored 13, Destin netted 12 and both sophomore forward Jake Petrik and sophomore guard Keysean Simmonds added 11.
The Griffins shot 23-for-46 (50.0 percent) from the floor and held a 32-25 advantage off the boards. Rutgers-Camden was 26-for-56 (46.4) from the floor.
Destin, who earned a pair of NJAC Rookie of the Week honors as a freshman and captured NJAC Honorable Mention during his sophomore season, now owns 1,011 points (13.7 ppg) in 74 career games at Rutgers-Camden. He also has 473 rebounds for a 6.4 average.
Rutgers-Camden hosts Ramapo College in an 8 p.m. New Jersey Athletic Conference game Wednesday.