Stanford leads the Lions past the Scarlet Raptors

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

EWING, NJ – The College of New Jersey Lions men’s basketball team was without their two best players. Bobby Brackett is recovering from an injury, while Eric Murdock Jr. is battling the flu.

Yet, the Lions were able to overcome the odds to defeat the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders 69-55 at Packer Hall on Wednesday night.

Eric Klacik going up for a layup (Photo by John Marshall)

Eric Klacik going up for a layup (Photo by John Marshall)

TCNJ improved to 12-0 at home this season. In addition, they also improved to 14-4 within the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

The Lions will now receive a bye in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed. They will face the winner of the No. 3 New Jersey City University Gothic Knights and No. 6 Stockton University Ospreys on Tuesday night at 7 pm at Packer Hall.

Mark Thomas led the Scarlet Raiders with 22 points, seven rebounds, a block and two steals. Chase Barneys was also in double figures, as he had 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

With seven minutes left, Rutgers-Newark was down by just four points. Then, TCNJ went on a 13-2 run in the next five minutes to put the game out of reach.

Four players combined for the final 23 points. Troy Lopez had the five bench points.

Corey Stanford led the Lions with 22 points, seven rebounds, a block and two steals. Joe Montana – who filled in for Murdock Jr. – added 13 points, three rebounds, an assist and two steals.

Eric Klacik added nine-points, while Elias Bermudez had eight and Jordan Glover scored six points. They also had 10 bench points with seven by Kevin Johnson.

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