LANCASTER, Pa. - Rowan University used a 17-3 run in less than four second half minutes to take control and went on to hold off the Keene State College men's basketball team 87-79 on Saturday afternoon at Mayser Gymnasium on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College.
- Keene State: 5-4
- Rowan: 9-3
How It Happened
James Anozie led the Owls with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and eight rebounds. Ty Nichols added a 20 point, 11 rebound double-double along with six assists and two steals. Miguel Prieto had 15 points, four assists and three steals, while Edwin Ezedonmwen chipped in 10 points off the bench. Rowan put five in double-figures, led by Daron Curry's 20 points.
The Profs took an early 13-10 lead after back-to-back triples from Curry, but the Owls scored the next seven capped with a Nichols three for a 17-13 lead at the 14:07 mark of the opening half. Another trey from Nichols and a deep shot and layup from Prieto helped spark a 10-0 run that put KSC up double-digits at 27-15 with just under nine minutes to go. Rowan drew within nine at 29-20, but the Owls responded with a 7-0 burst for a game-high 16 point lead. Anozie made a layup for a 29-18 lead and, later, Ezedonmwen made an inside bucket and a three to make it 36-20 at the 5:25 mark. The Profs got back in the game with an 18-8 run to close the half, including scoring the final seven points to turn a 44-31 deficit into a 44-38 game at the break.
KSC got a jumper from Ben Olson to open the second half and still led 52-46 with 14:40 to go, but Rowan took over in rapid fashion from there, as they flipped a six-point deficit into an eight point lead less than four minutes later. Ramon Wright was fouled taking a triple and made all three from the line to tie the game at 52 and, after, two more freebies from Wright and a layup from Curry made it 63-55 at the 11:09 mark. Rowan's lead ballooned to ten before a pair of Nichols threes and a layup from Paul Mahon brought the Owls back within one possession (67-64) with just under nine minutes left. Keene State never got over the hump, as the Profs canned back-to-back long distance shots to go back up nine, and later extended the lead to 80-66 with 5:24 on the clock. The final minutes were not without drama, however, as the Owls staged a furious rally, scoring 13 consecutive points to get within one. Layups from Ezedonmwen, Prieto, and Nichols in a 1:07 span made it an 80-76 game with just under two minutes to go, and Ezedonmwen drained a trey with 1:19 left to make it 80-79. The comeback bid came up short, though, as Rowan made two free throws following a technical foul to go up three, and Nick DePersia drained a game-clinching three with 24 seconds left to make it 85-79.
Inside the Paint
- Rowan shot 47% (31-of-66) in the contest and made 9-of-24 (38%) from deep, while KSC finished at 44% (32-of-73) shooting overall and 7-of-21 (33%) from distance. The Profs made 16-of-18 from the line and the Owls 8-of-13.
- Anozie has scored 20 or more points in four of the last six games and has scored in double digits in all but one game this season.
- It was the first ever meeting between the two programs.
- Keene State will play Delaware Valley University in the consolation game of the Sponaugle New Year's Tournament tomorrow, December 30, at 1:00 pm.
- The Profs take on the host Diplomats in the championship game tomorrow at 3:00 pm.