(Galloway, NJ) – Richard Stockton College (6-0, 4-0 NJAC) broke open a close game with a 19-3 run during a seven-minute span of the second half and cruised to a 77-58 win over New Jersey City University (1-5, 0-4 NJAC). Rich Suhr (Toms River/Toms River East) led a quartet of double-digit scorers for Stockton with 18 points and Darnell McCargo (Woodlynne/Collingswood) tossed in 17 markers as the Ospreys remained unbeaten on the season.
In the first 20 minutes of play, the Gothic Knights were able to grab leads of seven points on three different occasions, but each time Stockton was able to answer. Jesse Hunt (Freehold/Freehold Boro) led the way for Stockton with seven of his career-high 13 points to offset torrid shooting by Naadir Williams who hit on four of five attempts from three-point range for 12 points, and the teams were tied 36-36 at the break.
The Ospreys jumped out to an early lead in the second half before NJCU fought back to tie it at 50-50. Stockton then broke free with the massive 19-3 run. Rameel Johnson (Newark/Science Park) and Darnell McCargo (Woodlynne/Collingswood) each scored five points during the explosion while Hunt and Mike Perry (Mt. Laurel/Peddie School) added four points apiece to fuel the burst and put Stockton ahead for good. The Ospreys led 69-53 with 4:41 to play and cruised to the 77-58 win.
Suhr led all scorers with 18 points while McCargo added 17 markers, including two monstrous dunks in the first half that brought the crowd alive in the first half. Hunt tossed in 13 points, including 9-10 from the line. Perry directed the offense superbly, committing just one turnover in 26 minutes of play and chipping in with 10 points. The Ospreys shot 30-39 (76.9%) from the charity stripe for the contest.
Williams was the only player from the Gothic Knights in double figures finishing with 16 points. Asmar Edwards tallied nine and Drew Marley chipped in with seven markers. NJCU went just 1-9 from three-point range in the second half (11.1%) after shooting 6-11 (54.5%) in the first half.
Stockton will start a three-game road trip starting on Saturday as they face Rutgers-Newark at 8 pm. New Jersey City will return home to face Kean University on Saturday at 4 pm.
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