(Galloway, NJ) – Richard Stockton (17-5, 12-4 NJAC) came alive in the second half as they defeated Rutgers-Camden (9-14, 6-10 NJAC) by a 60-45 score on Wednesday night. The Ospreys overcame a poor shooting first half (25.0%) to garner the victory. They have now won six of their last seven games.
Josh Blamon (Cinnaminson/Cinnaminson) scored all of his game-high 16 points in the second half. Nnamdi Usuwa (Colonia/Colonia) added 11 markers while Rameel Johnson (Newark/Science Park) chipped in with a double-double of 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds plus four assists and three steals for the night.
Both teams struggled from the field during the first 20 minutes of play. The squads combined to miss the first 13 shots of the game before a layup by Johnson broke the scoreless deadlock 5:04 into the contest. The Ospreys built a 12-0 lead over the next 4:26 but scored just seven points in the last 10:34 of the half while Rutgers-Camden battled back into a 17-17 tie at the break. Stockton shot just 7-28 (25.0%) while the Scarlet Raptors fared worse, hitting on just 6-26 (23.1%) in the first stanza.
Play picked up a bit in the second half as the Scarlet Raptors took a four-point lead at 30-26 at the 12:35 mark. Stockton ran off on a 9-2 run to take the lead at 35-32 on a Blamon three-pointer with 7:29 left. An Osprey 20-3 spurt sealed the game as Blamon scored six of those points to help Stockton to a 55-37 lead and the Ospreys cruised home for the 60-45 win.
Teon Russell led the Scarlet Raptors with 14 points and nine rebounds while teammate Yusuf Leary hit three three-pointers and finished with 11 points. Rutgers-Camden shot just 27.1% (13-48) for the game.
Stockton will travel to Ramapo on Saturday for a 3 pm start. Rutgers-Camden returns home, also on Saturday, for a match with William Paterson. Game time is 3 pm.