EWING, N.J. (Jan. 4, 2020) – Rutgers University-Camden senior forward Isaac Destin moved to within one point of reaching the 1,000-point milestone, but the Scarlet Raptors lost to The College of New Jersey, 83-65, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s basketball game here Saturday.
The Lions improved to 6-6 overall and 3-2 in the NJAC, while the Scarlet Raptors fell to 4-6 and 1-4.
TCNJ has won its last 10 games against Rutgers-Camden and holds a 67-18 lead in the all-time series.
Destin notched 20 points, aided by 8-for-16 shooting from the floor and a 4-for-7 day from the foul line, to raise his career point total to 999. He should become the 14th player in program history to reach 1,000 points when the Scarlet Raptors play a 7 p.m. non-conference game Monday at Gwynedd Mercy University.
Despite Destin’s fifth game of the season with 20 or more points, the Scarlet Raptors couldn’t counter the TCNJ duo of senior guard Randy Walko and senior forward Ryan Jensen. Walko scored a game-high 32 points, aided by 7-for-11 shooting from three-point range, and added nine rebounds, while Jenson notched 21 points and added five assists.
Walko scored 18 of his points in the second half as TCNJ opened up its 48-40 halftime lead.
Junior guard P.J. Ringel added six assists and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Lions.
Destin paced the Raptors with seven rebounds and a game-high four steals, to go along with his team-high 20 points. Junior guard Arian Azemi notched 15 points and added a game-high seven assists, while junior guard Victor Nyanway scored eight points and sophomore guard Keysean Simmonds added seven. The Raptors received six points apiece from sophomore forward Jake Petrik and junior center Roy Bond.
Rutgers-Camden shot 26-for-65 (40 percent) from the floor and won the turnover battle (17-9), but the Lions’ field goal shooting (27-for-54, 50 percent) included 11-for-28 shooting from three-point range. They also held a 43-28 advantage off the boards.