UNION, N.J. (Feb. 1, 2020) – Senior forward Isaac Destin notched a career-high 40 points and added 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season to power the Rutgers University-Camden men’s basketball team over Kean University, 79-75, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, the Scarlet Raptors improve to 7-13 overall and 4-9 in the NJAC under first-year Head Coach Stuart Pradia. It is the most overall and conference wins for the program since going 14-12 overall and 8-10 in the NJAC during the 2014-15 season.
Kean falls to 5-15 overall and 2-11 in the NJAC with its second loss against Rutgers-Camden this season. The Cougars lost in Camden, 68-63, on Dec. 14. Kean still leads the all-time series, 59-27.
Rutgers-Camden led by as many as 12 points in the first half (16-4 and 19-7) and was ahead, 23-12, before Kean went on a 20-7 run to grab its first lead of the day, 32-30. A pair of foul shots apiece by sophomore forward Jake Petrik and junior guard Arian Azemi put the Raptors back in front, 34-32, but Kean took the lead right before half on a three-point play by sophomore guard Jared Latane.
Sophomore guard Jailen Jamison paced Kean with eight first-half points, while senior forward Isaac Destin had 10 points and Petrik added eight on the opening half for Rutgers-Camden.
Kean opened the second half with a 12-6 run to grab seven-point leads of 45-38 and 47-40, but a 10-point Raptor run was fueled by six points from Destin, giving the Raptors a 50-47 lead. After the teams swapped leads for a stretch, the Scarlet Raptors build their lead to as many as eight points, 72-64, on a trey by Petrik with 2:58 remaining and a layup by Destin with 2:20 left.
Although the Cougars closed within 75-72 with 38 seconds remaining, Destin hit four foul shots down the stretch to clinch the victory and end his career-high performance with 40 points. His previous high was 33 against Rosemont College on Nov. 10, 2019. With his 40 points, he became only the 12th Scarlet Raptor to reach the 40-point plateau. The program record is 46 by Dan Rucker against Southeastern on Feb. 4, 1978. Destin is the first Raptor to hit 40 since Dane Nicholson also reached that total on Jan. 6, 2005 against Arcadia.
The 40 points hiked Destin’s career total to 1,190, allowing him to move past Pete Vearling (1,151 from 1964-68) and into eighth place on the program’s all-time list. Seventh place belongs to Ray Pace (1975-77) with 1,201 points.
For the game, Destin went 14-for-23 from the floor and 12-for-14 from the foul line. He added 12 rebounds for his double-double and also collected three assists, two steals and two blocked shots. His points, rebounds and blocks were all game-high totals.
Azemi added 12 points, six rebounds and game-high totals of 10 assists and seven steals. The 10 assists tied his Raptor career high set in the same game against Rosemont where Destin had his previous high point total.
Petrik finished with 11 points for the Scarlet Raptors.
Jamison and Latane led Kean with 28 and 21 points, respectively. Jamison added seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals to lead the Cougars.
Rutgers-Camden shot 26-for-52 (50 percent) from the floor and 21-for-30 (70.0) from the foul line to overcome a 20-19 deficit in turnovers. The Raptors held a 32-31 edge off the boards.
Kean went 29-for-61 (47.5) from the floor and 11-for-16 (68.8) from the foul line.
Rutgers-Camden returns to NJAC action Wednesday when it hosts The College of New Jersey at 6 p.m. Wednesday.