By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
EWING — The TCNJ Lions defeated the Rutgers-Camden Scarlet Raptors, 106-66 at Packer Hall on Tuesday night.
“The guys were very motivated,” head coach Matt Goldsmith said. “We didn’t give our best effort on Sunday [against Penn State Harrisburg, lost 74-68] at our tip-off tournament. We had a great defensive effort on Saturday. It was lackluster on Sunday as the energy wasn’t there. The guys were focused for this game. A lot of the time, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, they’re just ready to go home and get out of here. But they were ready to go and were excited.”
TCNJ improved to 3-1, while Rutgers-Camden dropped to 0-2. This was the New Jersey Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Rutgers-Camden hasn’t beat the Lions since Nov. 25, 2014. Since the 74-71 loss, TCNJ has won four straight.
The Lions got out to a lead early, then they kept the huge lead throughout. TCNJ led 44-26 at halftime, before scoring 62 points in the second half.
“Our guys are shooting with confidence,” Goldsmith added. “They’re letting it fly, which is what I tell them to do. Turkey tastes better with a win. I kind of say that phrase every year if we win this game. It’s good to go home and not worry, not get upside about the last game you played. You go home on a good note.”
Isaac Destin had 16 points for the Scarlet Raptors. Elijah Robles added 14, while fellow starters Kelvin Rivera, Charlie Riccardi, and Keith Washington Jr. combined for 12 points.
Rutgers-Camden had 24 points off the bench. Julian Martin led those players with 11 points.
Jordan Glover led the Lions with 17 points. Bobby Brackett had 15, while Corey Stanford and Eric Murdoch Jr. each had 13 points. Fellow starter Kevin Johnson had eight points.
The Lions had 40 bench points. Tommy Egan led those players with eight points.
“Tommy Egan was great,” he said. “He shot the ball really well with his minutes. Ryan Jensen was awesome. All of our guys — 1 through 17 — are right there. We play 10 through 12, but the last five guys are fighting for minutes. It’s a battle in practice every day. It showed [Tuesday night] because they continued to play at the level we were at.”
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