TCNJ knocks off No. 22 ranked William Paterson with big games by Johnson, Brackett

By Anthony Caruso III on February 14, 2015, 6:54 PM EST

The William Paterson Pioneers came into Packer Hall with the No. 22 ranked team in the country. However, they would leave with an 80-70 loss to the TCNJ Lions.

With the win, the Lions improved to 14-10 overall, including 10-7 in the conference standings. The Pioneers are 19-5 and 13-4 within the conference.

Jayson Johnson (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information)

Jayson Johnson (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information)

William Paterson is tied with Richard Stockton for first place. Rutgers-Newark is tied with TCNJ for third place.

The Lions were led by Jayson Johnson, who had 25 points. Bobby Brackett had 17, while Eric Klacik had 13 and Kevin Johnson had 10.

Elias Bermudez added six, while Alex Fox had five. Skyelar Ettin had three, and Eric Murdock Jr. had a point.

Sandy Burgos led the Pioneers with 23, while Terik Bridgeman had 21. Jacques Conceicao added 13.

Bright Mensah had four, while Turrell McClendon, James McLane, and Manny Hernandez had three points.

For much of the second half, the game went back and forth with a little Lions lead. TCNJ had a 10 point lead with 4:22 left in the second half at 68-58 following a Johnson basket.

Following the lead, the Pioneers would make three straight baskets to cut the lead to three at 70-67.

After Hernandez hit a three pointer, Klacik followed with a three of his own. Bridgeman would score to make it 73-70, before TCNJ would score next seven points.

At halftime, the Lions led 38-37. Before the lead, the game was tied at 33, then both teams would score.

Minutes into the first half, the Pioneers had a 21-4 lead. That’s when Lions head coach Kelly Williams called a timeout.

Following the timeout, the Lions responded with a 34-16 run over the rest of the half.

The Lions received their first lead when Johnson hit a key three pointer to make it 36-33.

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