CAMDEN City, N.J. (Feb. 15, 2020) – The New Jersey City University men’s basketball team outscored Rutgers University-Camden, 51-28, in the second half to overcome a one-point halftime deficit and went on to defeat the Scarlet Raptors, 90-70, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Saturday afternoon.
The contest served as Senior Day for four-year Scarlet Raptor letterman Isaac Destin, who closes out his stellar career Wednesday night when the Scarlet Raptors host Montclair State University at 8 p.m.
NJCU, which entered the day locked in a three-way battle with Rowan and Montclair State to claim the final two spots in the upcoming conference playoffs, improves to 12-12 overall and 9-8 in the NJAC. The Gothic Knights lead their all-time series against the Scarlet Raptors, 67-5, and have won their last 10 games against Rutgers-Camden.
The Scarlet Raptors fall to 7-17 overall and 5-12 in the NJAC.
In a tight first half that saw 10 lead changes, Rutgers-Camden scored the final field goal on a layup by junior guard Arian Azemi to take a 42-41 advantage at the break. Azemi also had a layup to open the second half, making it a 44-41 game, before NJCU scored the next 10 points to grab a 51-46 lead.
NJCU increased its margin to seven points (53-46) before Rutgers-Camden scored 11 of the next 15 points, tying the game at 57-57 on a trey by Azemi. NJCU answered, however, on a trey by senior forward Sam Toney, the Gothic Knights’ two-time NJAC Player of the Year. That shot sparked a six-point run that put NJCU ahead to stay.
NJCU led by as many as 23 points (92-69) near the end of the game.
Toney paced four players in double figures for the Gothic Knights, scoring 24 points and barely missing a double-double by ending with nine rebounds. Junior guard Denzel Banks scored 22 and senior forward Jaimik Moore added 18 points and four assists for NJCU. Junior forward Jahmere Calhoun finished with a double-double of 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while also leading both teams with four steals.
Azemi notched a game-high 31 points for Rutgers-Camden, including 5-for-10 shooting from three-point range. Destin collected his ninth double-double of the year with 23 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore forward Jake Petrik nailed four treys on his way to 12 points.
Destin and junior forward Ian McCarthy both had four assists for the Raptors, tying NJCU’s Moore for game-high honors.
The Gothic Knights shot 35-for-61 from the floor (57.4 percent), including 9-for-19 (47.4) from three-point range. Rutgers-Camden shot 23-for-52 (44.2) overall, including 10-for-23 (43.5) from beyond the arc.
The Gothic Knights held a 38-26 advantage off the boards.