(Mahwah, NJ) – Richard Stockton (17-6, 12-5 NJAC) fell behind by double figures in the first half and its second half rally fell short in a 74-64 defeat to #16 Ramapo (21-3, 15-2). With the setback, the Ospreys surrendered sole possession of second place in the NJAC and fell into a tie with Rutgers-Newark for the number two spot. Josh Blamon (Cinnaminson/Cinnaminson) led Stockton with 16 points.
Two additional Ospreys reached double figures as Darnell McCargo (Woodlynne/Collingswood) tallied 11 points and Nnamdi Usuwa (Colonia/Colonia) contributed 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for a double-double. Shooting percentages proved to be the key statistic as Ramapo shot 49 percent from the floor while Stockton attempted 12 more shots but connected on just 34.9 percent. The Ospreys hit only three of 24 tries from three-point range (12.5%).
Stockton scored just five points in the first six minutes and fell behind 15-5. A layup by Rameel Johnson (Newark/Science Park) capped a 7-0 spurt that closed the gap to 15-12, but Ramapo later outscored the Ospreys 15-6 to boost the margin to 12 at 40-28 on the way to a 42-32 halftime score. Johnson led Stockton with seven first-half points.
Stockton had difficulty making up ground in the first 11 minutes of the second half and trailed 61-49 with 9:04 to play. The Ospreys went on a 7-0 spurt over the next 3:31 and found themselves within 61-56 after two free throws by Blamon. The teams exchanged baskets and then Ramapo scored four points in 22 seconds to make the score 67-58 with 4:18 remaining and Stockton trailed by at least seven for the rest of the game, falling 74-64.
Stockton will end the regular season with an NJAC home game against its rival Rowan University on Wednesday at 8 pm. The outcome of that game and the Rutgers-Newark vs. Kean matchup will determine the second and third seeds for the NJAC tournament, which begins on February 16.