(Glassboro, NJ) – Richard Stockton (11-2, 7-1 NJAC) erased a 13-point deficit in the second half and scored the final seven points of the game to defeat Rowan (10-4, 4-4) 68-64. Jesse Hunt (Freehold/Freehold Boro) scored a career-high 19 points and gave the Ospreys the lead for good by draining a three-pointer with 48 seconds to play. Stockton defeated Rowan for the ninth consecutive time and 10th in the last 11 meetings between the teams.
Darnell McCargo (Woodlynne/Collingswood) tossed in 13 points while Rameel Johnson (Newark/Science Park) finished with 12 markers and a game-high nine rebounds, which also tied his career best on the glass. Stockton shot just 32.8 percent from the field and never led by more than two points until Hunt clinched with victory by sinking a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining, yet the Ospreys found a way to prevail.
Stockton led by two points on three occasions during a first half that was close until the last three minutes. The score also was tied seven times before Rowan closed the period with a 13-4 run over the last 3:26 to put the Ospreys on the wrong end of a 41-32 halftime score. Hunt and McCargo led Stockton with eight first-half points apiece and the Ospreys stayed within striking distance by going 9-10 at the free throw line.
Stockton went scoreless for the first 4:50 of the second half while Rowan extended the margin to 13 points at 45-32. Backup point guard Mike Perry (Mt. Laurel/Peddie School) gave the Ospreys a lift off the bench by scoring all seven of his points during an 18-4 run as Stockton roared back to take a brief 50-49 lead with 9:16 on the clock.
Rowan built a five-point lead twice in the next four minutes and led 64-61 with 3:26 remaining. The Profs did not score again and Stockton whittled away its deficit, finally pulling ahead 66-64 on Hunt's three-pointer at the 48-second mark. The Ospreys then missed four straight free throws but held onto the lead as Rowan committed two turnovers. Hunt sank two from the stripe with two seconds left to seal the 68-64 triumph.
Stockton will host Ramapo in an NJAC game on Saturday at 3 pm. The Roadrunners are ranked seventh in the D3hoops.com national poll.