Murdock Jr. leads Lions past Scarlet Raiders

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ewing, New Jersey — The College of New Jersey men’s basketball won another New Jersey Athletic Conference game on Wednesday night. They defeated the Rutgers-Newark University Scarlet Raptors, 76-65, at Packer Hall.

The Lions improved to 11-3 on the season. They are also 6-1 within the NJAC.

TCNJ Lions point guard Joe Montano (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information)

TCNJ Lions point guard Joe Montano, who had 14 off the bench including a hot start early on (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information)

The Lions are on a two-game win streak. They are also a perfect 4-0 at Packer Hall this season.

The Scarlet Raptors fell to 5-9 on the year. They are just 1-7 within the conference.

With the win, the Lions improved to their best start through 14 games since the 2004-05 season.

TCNJ is tied for second within the NJAC standings with New Jersey City University. Ramapo Roadrunners, who lost to the Lions on January 6th, are the conference-leaders with a 7-1 record.

Eric Murdock Jr. led the Lions with 23 points. He also had five rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

Murdock Jr. was one of three players in double-figures. Joe Montano came off the bench with 14 points, while starter Niall Carpenter also had 12 points.

Montano helped spark a 14-0 run in the first half when he made three three-pointers after Rutgers-Newark jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

The Lions had 32 bench points.

Mark Thomas came off the bench to lead the Scarlet Raptors with 17 points. He also had five rebounds, and an assist.

Erick Loften-Harris was the only starter in double-figures, as he scored 15 points. Tyler O’Fray also added 10 points off the bench.

Rutgers-Newark had 31 bench points, including the 17 points by Thomas. Chase Barneys was the only other bench player to score, as he had four points.

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