Lions soar as Ospreys struggle in second half

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ewing, New Jersey — The College of New Jersey men’s basketball team used a huge second-half surge to defeat the Stockton Ospreys. The Lions won 95-84 at Packer Hall on Wednesday night.

The Lions are now 4-1 on the season. The Ospreys fell to 4-3 on the young season.

Eric Murdock Jr. (Photo by the TCNJ Sports Information Department)

Eric Murdock Jr. (Photo by the TCNJ Sports Information Department)

Stockton is now 0-2 within the New Jersey Athletic Conference. TCNJ is now tied atop the standings in a four-way tie with New Jersey City, Ramapo, and Rowan.

The Lions scored 47 second-half points. They shot 51.7% from the field. They also shot 43.8% from three-point range in the second stanza.

Stockton had just 36 points in the second-half after the game was tied at 48 all at halftime. They went just 10 of 29 for 34.5% from the field.

They made just four second-half three-pointers. Zavon Johnson made two, while Marcus Harmon and Jordan Taylor each made one.

Johnson, who was playing close to home as he’s a Trenton, NJ native, had 24 points. He was one of three Stockton players in double-figures.

Kashaun Barnes had 19 points. Harmon also added 11 points.

Niall Carpenter, who is in his first season at TCNJ after transferring to the institution following a season at Nyack College in Nyack, New York, and Eric Murdock Jr. scored 23 points each. TCNJ had four players in double-figures.

Besides those two, Randall Walko had 21 points. Jordan Glove, who was ejected for arguing with a referee and is facing a suspension, had 10 points.

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