Lions lose two straight NJAC games

By Jordan Washington
Staff Writer

Over the past 11 games, the College has pulled in a 7-4 record, which included a victory against Montclair State University, a big win in the Washington and Lee Tournament and a five-game winning streak coming off the tournament.

Following a win against Stockton University, the Lions have now lost two straight conference games with losses to Montclair State and Rowan University.

The College beat Rowan earlier in the season while the team was still undefeated, but the team proved to be too much for the Lions this time. Rowan got off to a quick start, but the Lions tried to battle back, a position they saw themselves in for most of the game.

There were eight lead changes in the first half, but Rowan blew the game open in the second half, forcing the College to battle back again.

The Lions faced a seven-point deficit with about two minutes left, but would fall short of a comeback, losing 93-82.

Carpenter calls a play against Rowan University. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

Junior guard Niall Carpenter led the way with 26 points on a staggering 56 percent while shooting from the field. Junior forward Ryan Jensen chipped in a healthy 10 points to go along with 14 rebounds. The Lions did not play like themselves, only shooting 20 percent from downtown.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Lions looked to bounce back against Montclair State. However, the game ended with a 72-63 loss for the Lions. It was a close game throughout the first half of play, with Montclair State up by five at halftime.

Montclair State broke open with a 10-point lead in the second half, only to see the College pull within four. However, Montclair State was able to hold its lead and come away with the nine-point victory.

Junior forward Randall Walko and Carpenter both scored team highs of 16 points, while Jensen had another stellar rebounding performance with a team high of 11. These games push the College to a 11-8 overall record with a record of 7-5 in their conference, the NJAC.

Walko continues to lead the team in points, averaging 20.4 per game. Jensen takes the lead in rebounds, both on offense and defense putting up 36 and 102 respectively. The College fell to Rutgers University-Newark on Monday, Jan. 28 by a score of 63-62.

The team goes on to face Rutgers University-Camden tonight at 8 p.m.

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