Camden, N.J. (2/3/18) – Junior Micah Kerr poured in a career-high 31 points as the Kean University men's basketball team topped Rutgers-Camden by the final of 66-63.
Kean improves to 6-16 overall and 4-11 in the NJAC, snapping its own seven-game losing streak. Rutgers-Camden falls to 3-18 overall and 1-14 in the conference with its seventh straight loss. The Cougars lead the all-time series, 58-24.
Kerr hit a foul shot with 11:56 remaining in regulation to give the Cougars a 52-33 lead.
Over the next five minutes, Rutgers-Camden went on a 15-2 run, slicing that deficit down to six points. The run was led by Charlie Riccardi, who had three treys in that span on his way to 18 points on the day.
Kean regrouped to hike its lead back to 11 points, 65-54, with 2:59 remaining on a layup by Kerr, before Rutgers-Camden rattled off the next nine points. Senior Vincent Anfield Jr. and Riccardi both hit a three-pointer in that run and suddenly, with 36 seconds remaining, the Cougars' lead was down to 65-63.
Kean tacked on a clutch foul shot by sophomore Stephen Strom with 10 seconds left. A final Raptor shot missed in the last few seconds and was rebounded by Kerr as time expired.
Kerr shot 12-for-17 from the field and 7-for-7 from the line during his big game, while adding eight rebounds. Freshman Adrian Baucum had a game-high 11 boards, helping Kean hold a 40-28 advantage off the glass. Baucum also added nine points. Junior Keenan Williams Jr. collected a game-high six steals for the Cougars, while adding eight points, and sophomore Jeff Cooper also scored eight.
Anfield finished with 20 points for the Raptors, while Riccardi added 18.
Kean shot 25-for-57 (43.9 percent) from the field and Rutgers-Camden was 23-for-54 (42.6).
Kean travels to Rowan to take on the Profs on Wednesday, February 7th.