GLASSBORO, NJ – The sizzling TCNJ men’s basketball team faced an even hotter roster in South Jersey on Wednesday night when first-seeded Rowan pulled away after an electrifying first half to earn an 83-65 win.
The Lions (7-12, 6-6) saw their five-game winning streak come to an end as a Profs team now have eight straight wins and sit at the top of the D3hoops.com national rankings.
Despite Rowan’s prowess, TCNJ went shot after shot with the high-profile hosts for most of the night. The Lions led for most of the first half, leading by as much as seven (24-17) at halftime, getting contributions up and down the lineup. Anthony DiCaros 3-Pointer made it 29-25 at the 7:57 mark, but Rowan (16-3, 12-0) responded with nine straight points to turn the tables.
A sweater from Jason Larranaga gave the Löwen a 39:38 lead in the last minute of half-time, after which the visitors trailed behind. They went tit for tat in the early stages of the second verse, slipping ahead again at 43-42 Pat Higgins.
TCNJ was just 55-51 wide on a basket Jim Clemente with 11:49 remaining but remained scoreless for the next more than six minutes as the Profs assembled a 14-0 rush to end the game.
Ja’Zere Noel led all scorers with 20 points and Josh Wright had 17 for Rowan, who entered the night at 5th in Division III with over 93 points per game. The profs shot up 46.4 percent (32 to 69) on a relatively low volume night and also converted 19 TCNJ sales into 17 points.
Larranaga drove the Lions out on 5-to-9 with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Higgins scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting while dishing out three assists Danny Bodine was 4-for-8 from the field (2-for-3 from 3-point range) en route to 11 points and eight rebounds.
Bodine’s boards earned him over 400 for his career, making him 18thth Players in program history to reach this milestone.
Clement and Matthew Solomon each scored six points to the match Nick Kochwith Clemente also dishing out four assists.
TCNJ scored 57.1 percent in the first half (16:28) but only 30.8 percent after the break (8:26), finishing just 5:22 from beyond the arc.
The Lions are back home on Saturday to face Montclair State.