CAMDEN, N.J. (Jan. 11, 2020) – The Rutgers University-Newark men’s basketball team entered Saturday’s New Jersey Athletic Conference contest coming off a program-record defensive effort and the Scarlet Raiders didn’t hurt their nationally-ranked defensive ratings against Rutgers-Camden.
Newark held the Scarlet Raptors to 38 points as it defeated Rutgers-Camden, 59-38, to raise its record to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in the NJAC. The victory came only three days after the Scarlet Raiders shut down NJAC foe Montclair State University, 58-29, to set a program record for fewest points allowed.
Rutgers-Camden fell to 4-9 overall and 1-6 in the NJAC with its fourth straight loss.
Rutgers-Newark, which entered the contest with the 10th-ranked defense in Division III, has won seven of its last eight games against Rutgers-Camden, although the two teams split last season’s two-game series. Rutgers-Newark leads the all-time series, 53-36.
The Scarlet Raptors held the lead only early in the game, scoring the first field goal on a layup by junior guard Arian Azemi, falling behind on a trey by Newark senior guard Chase Barneys and then scoring the next four points to take a 6-3 lead. Newark countered with the next six points, taking the lead for good at 9-6 on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Jamir Patterson with seven minutes gone in the game. By halftime, the Scarlet Raiders held a 33-19 lead and they led by as many as 31 points (58-27) in the second half.
Barneys finished with a game-high 20 points, while Patterson canned 10 and added six rebounds for the Scarlet Raiders. Junior guard David Logan had a game-high four assists and added a team-high seven rebounds as Newark held a 41-27 advantage off the boards.
Azemi finished with 17 points for the Scarlet Raptors, including 13 in the second half. Sophomore guard Keysean Simmonds led the Raptors in scoring during the first half, notching six of his eight points. Senior forward Isaac Destin collected game highs of eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Rutgers-Newark shot 21-for-53 from the floor (39.6 percent) and 8-for-15 (53.3) from the foul line, but the Scarlet Raiders also had nine treys (in 19 attempts), including four by Barneys.
Rutgers-Camden shot 14-for-43 (32.6) from the floor, including only 1-for-10 from three-point range. The Raptors went 9-for-13 (69.2) from the foul line.
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