(Jersey City, NJ) – Richard Stockton (15-5, 10-4 NJAC) trimmed a 15-point halftime deficit down to one before the rally ultimately fell short in a 60-50 defeat at New Jersey City (10-11, 5-9) that ended a four-game winning streak. The Ospreys shot just 30 percent from the floor (12-40), including 0-12 from three-point range, and they also committed 18 turnovers. Darnell McCargo (Woodlynne/Collingswood) was the lone Stockton player in double figures, finishing with 13 points.
Stockton got off to a horrible start and fell behind 9-0 before two free throws by McCargo finally got the Ospreys on the board nearly five-and-a-half minutes into the game. After Stockton pulled within 13-8, they netted just one point on a Nate Bolden (Long Branch/Long Branch) free throw in the next 4:23 as the deficit climbed into double digits. The Ospreys trailed 29-14 at the break after committing 12 turnovers and shooting just 3-15 (20%) from the floor.
Stockton's comeback try began right at the start of the second half as an 8-0 run to begin the period made the score 29-21 in NJCU's favor. The Ospreys still trailed by 13 with 10:46 to play, but they reeled off the next 12 points to pull within 44-43 after a layup by McCargo at the 5:39 mark. NJCU stopped the onslaught by outscoring Stockton 5-2 in the next 1:29 as the Osprey rally ran out of steam. Stockton scored just five points in the final 4:56 and suffered the 60-50 defeat.
Stockton's next game will be an NJAC contest at Montclair State on Saturday at 1 pm.