CAMDEN CITY, N.J. (Jan. 25, 2020) – The William Paterson University men’s basketball team went on a 14-point run after Rutgers University-Camden scored the first three points of the game and the Pioneers went on to defeat the Scarlet Raptors, 79-52, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action here Saturday.
Paterson evens its record at 9-9 overall and improves to 5-6 in the NJAC with its sixth straight win in the all-time series against Rutgers-Camden. The Pioneers lead that series, 63-7.
The Scarlet Raptors fall to 6-11 overall and 3-8 in conference play.
Raptor junior guard Arian Azemi buried a three-pointer to get the scoring started, but the Pioneers rattled off the next 14 points, taking the lead for good at 4-3 on a jumper by senior guard Anthony Uribe. Uribe scored six points and junior guard Domenic Mignone added four during the opening run.
Rutgers-Camden managed to slice its deficit to eight points on two occasions (21-13 and 26-18) in the first half before Paterson established a 38-25 halftime lead. The Pioneers led by as many as 28 points (72-44) in the second half.
Mignone scored a game-high 21 points to pace four Pioneers in double figures. Uribe finished with 12 points, junior forward Malcolm McLeod notched 11 and senior forward Sean Smith added 10.
McLeod just missed a double-double, hauling down nine rebounds as WPU dominated the boards, 52-19. Uribe added four assists and three steals.
Senior center Isaac Destin notched 17 points and six rebounds to lead the Scarlet Raptors in both categories. Azemi added 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and a game-high five steals.
Sophomore guard Keysean Simmonds and freshman forward Dylan Trow both collected nine points for Rutgers-Camden.
The Pioneers shot 34-for-63 (54.0 percent) from the floor, while the Scarlet Raptors were 15-for-53 (28.3). Paterson had 24 turnovers, while Rutgers-Camden had 15.
Rutgers-Camden jumps right back into action on Sunday when it plays a road game at Division I Princeton University, beginning at 12 p.m.