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MAHWAH, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2020) – The Ramapo College men’s basketball team received 26 points from senior center Rob McWilliams to lead four players in double figures as it pulled away from Rutgers University-Camden, 74-54, in a New Jersey Athletic Screen Shot 2019-12-01 at 16.21.44Conference game here Wednesday night.


Ramapo improves to 14-9 overall and 10-6 in the NJAC with its 10th straight win over Rutgers-Camden. The Roadrunners lead the all-time series, 53-15.


The Scarlet Raptors fall to 7-16 overall and 5-11 in the NJAC.


In a tight first half, the teams traded several leads and were tied at 24-24 when a three-pointer by McWilliams gave the Roadrunners the lead for good. Ramapo scored 15 of the last 22 points in the half on the way to a 39-31 advantage at the break. McWilliams had 16 points at the break to lead all scorers, while his teammate, senior guard Connor Romano, added 12. Rutgers-Camden received 14 first-half points from senior forward/center Isaac Destin.


In the second half, the closest Rutgers-Camden came was six points (43-37 and 45-39) as Ramapo led by double digits most of the way. The final 20-point margin was the biggest of the game for the Roadrunners.


McWilliams shot 12-for-21 from the floor on his way to 26 points, while adding nine rebounds. Senior forward Jordan Zagadou added 14 point and four blocks for the Roadrunners, while Roman finished with 12 and sophomore center Jordan Battle added 10. Battle also had five assists to tie the Raptors’ junior guard Arian Azemi for game-high honors.


Junior guard Marquise Kindel had a game-high 17 rebounds for Ramapo, which dominated the boards, 45-24.


Destin notched 20 points and six rebounds for the Scarlet Raptors, shooting 9-for-10 from the floor. He also had six rebounds and two blocked shots.


Azemi added 10 points for Rutgers-Camden.


The Raptors shot 20-for-54 (37.0 percent) from the floor, while the Roadrunners went 30-for-59 (50.8).


Rutgers-Camden returns home for a 3 p.m. NJAC game Saturday against New Jersey City University. The Scarlet Raptors will celebrate Senior Day, when they honor Destin, their lone senior.