By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: February 13, 2014 2:04 am EST
Ewing – The Rowan Profs men’s basketball team has struggled on the road this season.
The Profs came into their game on Wednesday night at The College of New Jersey with just one win on the road. That road win came last week at Kean University.
The Profs would defeat the Lions, 87-71, last night at Packer Hall.
At the beginning of the season, the Profs won two road games. However, those games were neutral site games.
The Profs (12-11, 7-9 overall) are just 2-7 on the road this season. Besides the 16-point win to the Lions, the Profs defeated the Cougars on February 6th by 19 points.
With the win over the Lions (8-15, 6-10 overall), the Profs move closer to potentially-reaching the New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament. The Profs and Lions finish the season series tied at 1-1 with the road team winning each meeting.
The Profs were tied for 5th place going into the game. Now with the win, the Profs are tied with New Jersey City at 7-9 within the conference. These teams are tied in 4th place with Kean at 8-8 in third place, William Paterson at 12-4 in second place and Rutgers-Newark and Richard Stockton tied in first place at 13-3.
The Profs led throughout the second half. The Lions were down double digits, and trailed by as many as 29 points when the Profs led 76-48.
Yet, while the team had a huge team, the Profs had their hands full all night trying to stop Brackett. Besides leading TCNJ with 24 points, he also had 19 points.
He had 14 more rebounds than any other member of his team. Alex Fox was second with just 5 rebounds.
Besides Brackett, Skyelar Ettin and Jayson Johnson finished in double figures with 10 points each. Fox had 7 points, while Eric Klacik finished with 6 points. Sean Anukwuem finished with 4 points, and Emmanuel Matlock and Mike Menakis finished with 3 points.
Two Lions players finished with 2 points.
The Profs used a balanced attack through both halves. Rowan had five players with double figures.
Jason Rosenberg led the Profs with 16 points. Rich McNamara and Tim McDaniels chipped in 15 points each.
Jason Sofman added 14 points, while Kris O’Connor had 10 points. Matt Whitworth scored 8 points, and Phil Jackson had 7 points.
Chris Gross had a bucket, as well, for Rowan.
The Lions opened the game with a Johnson basket to take an early 2-0 lead. That was before the Profs tied the game at 2-2. After the game was tied at 5-5, Rowan never looked back and led the rest of the game.
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